After graduating from Shelby County High School, Robert Bentley put himself through college at the University of Alabama. While at the University, he majored in Chemistry and Biology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in three years. After graduating from the University, he began his medical studies at The University of Alabama School of Medicine. During his first year of medical school, he met Dianne Jones of Montgomery. They were married in 1965. He received his medical degree in 1968 and began a one-year internship at Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham.
In 1969, during the Vietnam conflict, Governor Bentley joined the United States Air Force where he was commissioned as a captain, and served as a general medical officer. He was stationed at Pope Air Force Base at Fort Bragg, NC where he became hospital commander near the end of his tenure there. Following his military service, Bentley began a three-year residency in Dermatology at the University of Alabama hospital in Birmingham. After completing his residency, the Bentleys made Tuscaloosa their home and raised four boys. Robert and Dianne are now proud grandparents of six granddaughters.
Dr. Bentley has founded a number of small businesses, the most successful of which is Alabama Dermatology Associates. As President of Alabama Dermatology Associates, Dr. Bentley managed the practice’s growth into one of the largest dermatology practices in the Southeastern United States.
Dr. Bentley was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in 2002 and served two terms in the State House. He declared his candidacy for Governor in 2009, and was elected on November 2, 2010. He based his campaign on growing the economy and creating jobs in Alabama without increasing taxes or spending. He believes there should be more transparency and accountability in Alabama’s government. He is a pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-second amendment conservative who believes in smaller and more limited government.