A few week ago we told you that former Congressman Joe Bonner had joned the staff of Governor Kay Ivey as Senior Advisor. She has now made Bonner Chief of Staff. He replaces Steve Pelham who is going to Auburn University as Chief of Staff for President Steve Leath.
Bonner is a native of Camden, in Wilcox County, as is Governor Ivey. His father was probate judge. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and went to Washington, D.C. in 1984 as press secretary to Congressman Sonny Callahan. He became Callahan’s Chief of Staff in 1989. When Callahan retired in 2002, Bonner ran for his seat and defeated six other candidates in the Republican primary.
He was elected to six more terms before stepping down in 2013 to join the staff of the University of Alabama system as vice chancellor.
With his experience in politics and vast network of associates, Bonner should be a great asset to Governor Ivey He is 60 years old.