Bivens was born and raised in East Tennessee and has been a Morristown resident since 1967. He graduated from West High School in 1977. In 1991, Bivens became the owner of Bivens Door Company.
Bivens was elected to serve as a City Council Member in 2011 and was reelected to serve a second term in 2015. He has served on the Parks and Recreation Board and currently serves on the Finance Committee.
Bivens is married to his wife Kim and they have 3 children, Brad, Kayleigh and Adam and a grandson, Cayden.