Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was easily confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, and former South Carolina Lt. Governor Henry McMaster took the oath of office as the Palmetto State's new governor shortly thereafter.
The Senate confirmed Haley on a 96-4 vote. U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) spoke in favor of Haley's nomination shortly before the Senate vote.
“Simply put, Governor Haley is the right choice, and I could not be prouder to support her nomination. She has shown amazing leadership during very trying times in South Carolina, and I know that she will bring that same strength and resolve in reinforcing and strengthening our relationships with our allies," said Scott. "She is the type of visionary leader that will help turn the diplomatic tide of the past years, and reassure our allies that the United States stands in strong support of them."
Last week, South Carolina's other U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham, introduced Haley at her nomination hearing, expressing strong support for her nomination.
"Bottom line: America’s voice in the United Nations needs to be strong," said Graham. "It needs to be somebody that can bring people together. It needs to be a voice that understands what America is all about. I think Nikki Haley, our Governor in South Carolina, is the right person at the right time. She represents a combination of intellect, determination, grace, and an understanding of America that the world needs to hear.”
Shortly after Haley's confirmation, she submitted her resignation, and Henry McMaster took the oath of office to become the 117th person to assume the office of South Carolina Governor.
He was joined by Ambassador Haley as he was given the oath by Supreme Court Justice Donald Beatty within the South Carolina State House.
"As I assume these new responsibilities, I am humbled, honored and deeply appreciative of being granted one of the rarest opportunities to serve the people of my state, my home, and that of my forefathers, South Carolina" said McMaster in remarks given after taking the oath.