WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes overwhelmingly to approve Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the United Nations.
The vote advances to the full Senate.
Haley appeared before the committee last Wednesday for nearly three-and-a-half hours.
If confirmed, Haley will resign as South Carolina’s governor with two years remaining in her term. Under the state constitution, her resignation would immediately make Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster the state’s 91st governor.
Haley said goodbye to South Carolinians in her State of the State address earlier this month and called the governor’s job “the greatest honor of my life.”
McMaster was the nation’s first statewide officeholder to back Trump.
WASHINGTON (WCBD & AP) — South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is expected to be confirmed as a UN Ambassador.
The confirmation is scheduled to take place at noon on Tuesday, January 24.
On Wednesday, Haley is to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She’s being introduced by South Carolina’s U.S. senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott.
In November, Haley became the first woman and first minority chosen by President-elect Donald Trump for his Cabinet. The second-term governor was a Trump critic, asking Americans to resist “the siren call of the angriest voices” in how the nation treats immigrants.
But she has also fought the Obama administration on both legal and illegal immigration. Last December, she asked that no Syrian refugees be relocated to South Carolina because of “gaps in available intelligence” on those fleeing the civil war.