Bentley's resignation will avoid the decision from the day's impeachment hearings.After months of a political and sexual scandal, the embattled governor buckled when impeachment proceedings began on Monday morning.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned Monday after fighting for more than a year against allegations he used public resources to carry out and hide an affair with his former top aide. He was convicted and automatically removed from office in 1993 after being accused of wrongly using money from his inaugural and transition fund for personal items including debt payments and home improvements. "Though I have sometimes failed, I've always tried to live up to the high expectations the people place on the person who holds this esteemed office".
Alabama Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey was sworn in as the 54th governor at 6 p.m.
Though I have committed myself to working to improve the lives of the people of our state, there have been times where I have let you and our people down, and I'm sorry for that.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Monday showed Bentley had been booked on two campaign finance charges. The Alabama Republican Party also told Bentley to step down on Sunday.
Ellen Brooks, of the Alabama Attorney General's office, said that as a result of the resignation, "the investigation into former Gov. Bentley is over".
March 2014: First lady Dianne Bentley secretly records phone call between Bentley and a woman, presumably aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
The top lawyer in an impeachment investigation says Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley did not cooperate with the probe.
But he's resigning because a report says he used state resources in a vain attempt to cover up the affair.
Gov. Robert Bentley is the first state official in more than a century to face impeachment.
Monday's impeachment hearings got off to a sluggish start, with Sharman explaining to lawmakers the history of impeachments and answering procedural questions that included whether Bentley could be impeached for his failure to cooperate with the investigation alone.
As recently as Friday, Bentley was promising not to resign and swearing that he did nothing wrong.
"I've not always made the right choices", Bentley said in announcing his resignation. "It's time for me to step down as Alabama's governor".
"We're a little less corrupt than we were a day ago", said Rep. Ed Henry, the Republican state legislator who filed impeachment charges against Bentley past year.
And Roy Moore, the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, has been suspended for the remainder of his term for encouraging lower court judges to ignore a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.