S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley was elected vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association on Wednesday.
Typically, vice chairs become chair of the association the following year. For Haley, that means she would chair the GOP governors group in 2018, her final year as S.C. governor.
“Republican governors are making a difference, delivering results to the people of their states, and our record breaking majority shows that the RGA knows what it takes to elect effective leaders,” said Gov. Haley in a news release. “I look forward to working with Governor Walker, a trusted friend and colleague, to recruit strong candidates and build on RGA’s historic progress in the months ahead.”
Political observers say that position will elevate Haley’s national spotlight.
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“Governor Nikki Haley’s strong leadership will be a major asset to the RGA in the upcoming year,” said outgoing RGA chair Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico.
“She has worked tirelessly for the people of South Carolina, to make every day a great day for her constituents, and that is just the kind of determination the RGA expects of its leaders. Governor Haley’s experience and insight will be integral to the success of our governors and candidates as we enter 2017.”
McClatchy reporter David Lightman contributed.