Ivey maintains ranking as one of most popular governors in nation

By PAUL DEMARCO | Guest Columnist

Note: This is an opinion column.

As Governor Kay Ivey gives her third state of the state address this week, she does so while enjoying very favorable popularity ratings.

A recent survey by The Morning Consult ranked all of the Nation’s governors on how well liked each was in the state they lead. Ivey came in ranked as the 10th most popular governor in the Untied States.

That is a strong result for the governor, considering her number one priority last year was a not so popular gasoline tax that went into effect this past fall.

And the controversial issues will continue this upcoming legislative session. Governor Ivey will be facing daunting proposals regarding, gambling and marijuana as well as criminal justice and education reform.

The governor has not been shy about tackling difficult challenges since she took over as the state’s top executive after the resignation of Robert Bentley. Alabama has had much success during Ivey’s term in office, particularly with economic development. Yet, there is still much to do for the future of this state.

We will see how the governor handles more tough issues during the upcoming year and during another legislative session.

Paul DeMarco is a former member of the Alabama House of Representatives.