Dr. Robert J. Bentley ran for Governor to grow the economy and create jobs without increasing taxes or spending. He believes there needs to 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.
He will not accept the Governor's annual salary until Alabama reaches full employment.
Robert is an active member of First Baptist Church (FBC) Tuscaloosa where he serves as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. At FBC Tuscaloosa he has been the Chairman of the Board of Deacons four times and a member of the Youth for Christ Advisory Board, as well as the Family Counseling Advisory Board. Dr. Bentley has also served on the State Advisory Board for Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees for Judson College in Marion, Alabama and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Medical Education Consortium which he helped found.
Robert Julian Bentley is a native of Columbiana in Shelby County Alabama. His father, David Harford Bentley, worked at his sawmill and instilled within his youngest son the importance of the old-fashioned, All-American work ethic. His mother, Mattie Boyd Vick Bentley, cared for Robert, his brother and three sisters. She taught him to be compassionate and to appreciate traditional family values.
Growing up in Columbiana taught Robert the value of hard work and the importance of family. His parents, neither of whom completed school past junior high, impressed upon him that education and learning were the keys to future success. Although Robert left Columbiana after graduating high school, he has always remembered his roots and the people who helped shape his life in rural Shelby County.
After graduating from Shelby County High School, Robert put himself through college at the University of Alabama. While at UA, he majored in Chemistry and Biology and graduated with his Bachelor of Science in just three years.
From an early age, Robert Bentley knew he wanted to become a doctor. After graduating from UA, he began his studies at The University of Alabama School of Medicine. During his first year of medical school, he met Martha Dianne Jones of Montgomery. They were married on July 24, 1965. He graduated with his M. D. in 1968 and began his one year internship at Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham.
In 1969, during the Vietnam conflict, 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 where he became hospital commander near the end of his tenure. While in the service as a general medical officer he treated many military dependants, active duty service members, and wounded soldiers. He is a life member of Vietnam Veterans of American and a member of the American Legion.
Following his military service, Bentley began his three year residency at the University of Alabama in Dermatology. However he has never forgotten his military background, and while serving in the Alabama House of Representatives he has sponsored legislation to improve educational benefits for disabled veterans.
After completing residency, the Bentley's decided to make Tuscaloosa home to begin their family together and for Robert to start his dermatology practice. They have raised four sons--John Mark (wife Amy), Paul (wife Melissa), Luke, and Matthew (wife Katy). Robert and Dianne are the proud grandparents of Katie, Taylor, Anna Claire, Mary Boyd, and Caroline.