President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he has nominated Democratic Alabama Gov.
Kay Ivey for his vice president, a decision that has sparked a flurry of speculation about who will take over after the inauguration on January 20.
The former first lady and U.S. senator from Alabama has been considered a possible pick since she is an ardent supporter of the president, but the president’s transition team had said it will not consider her a running mate.
Ivey is an independent who ran for governor in 2020, but withdrew from the race after a bitter battle with the GOP.
She was re-elected with a margin of 57 percent to 41 percent in 2019.
Ivey is one of several prominent Democrats who have said they would not be seeking the 2020 vice presidency.
The news of Ivey’s selection has sparked speculation about how the Trump administration would proceed with a Trump-appointed Republican.
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Tuesday after a failed congressional investigation into his communications with Russian officials.
Flynn’s resignation came as the Senate Intelligence Committee was considering whether Flynn’s account of his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was truthful.
Ives name came up during the hearing, but Flynn said he would cooperate with the investigation and was not aware of any concerns raised by Ivey.
Ives was born in Alabama, grew up in Alabama and served as a state legislator before winning her congressional seat in 2018.