South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has been named 2015 Public Servant of the Year by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Haley will be presented with the award on Nov. 12 when the chamber hosts its 36th Annual Summit at Hilton Head Island.
“We are blessed to live in a place where our governor has put her heart and soul into making our state and the business community better,” South Carolina Chamber President Ted Pitts said. “We especially applaud Gov. Haley for her leadership after the Charleston tragedy in bringing our state together at a time when we could’ve easily been divided.
"The governor’s guidance during trying times has had a significant and positive impact on the state of South Carolina," Pitts continued. "We are lucky to have Gov. Haley as our governor and the South Carolina Chamber is proud to be able to recognize her as the public servant of the year at our 36th Annual Summit.”
When Haley was re-elected in 2014, she became the 116th Governor of South Carolina. In that election, she won by the largest margin of victory for a South Carolina gubernatorial candidate in 24 years.
Haley is the first female governor in the history of the Palmetto State, as well as the youngest governor in the country. During her tenure, South Carolina's jobless rate has decreased to record lows, 76,000 jobs have been created in 45 of 46 counties and more than 25,000 citizens have gone from welfare to work.
Additionally, since Haley took office the state has made its largest infrastructure investment in a generation without raising taxes.
Other honorees at the summit will include: Sgt. William Jasper Freedom Award, D. Murray Price, 1st Lt., U.S. Army Air Corps, WWII; and Business Leaders of the Year, Kevin Marsh, chairman and CEO of SCANA, and Lonnie Carter, president and CEO of Santee Cooper.
A complete list of award winners and more information about the summit can be found online at www.scchamber.net.