Gov. Nikki Haley named one of Time’s top 100 influential people

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley

Gov. Nikki Haley has been named one of Time magazine’s top 100 influential people.

The list, released Thursday, includes a short description about Haley, written by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

“Whether dealing with the hate-filled shootings of the Charleston Nine at Mother Emanuel AME Church, the removal of the Confederate battle flag flying over statehouse grounds, the police shooting of Walter Scott or a 1,000-year flood, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley led with determination, grace and compassion,” Graham wrote.

He continued, “From shaking up the system to providing kindness and understanding to the individuals and families affected by these tragedies, she put a face on South Carolina that we were all extremely proud of.

“It is during challenging times when you really learn the mettle of a leader, and in the case of Nikki Haley, she excelled to the lasting benefit of our state.”

Haley’s gained further national exposure in the wake of the Charleston church shooting and her resulting call for the Confederate flag to come down less than a month later. She became a national face of the Republican Party in January when she delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’ State of the Union address.

In that speech she urged Republicans to avoid following “the siren call of the angriest voices” in a reference to presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

“This is about the people of South Carolina stepping up, turning a year of tragedy into a year of faith,” said Haley press secretary Chaney Adams.

Numerous other political figures are on the list, including Obama, Trump, Ted Cruz Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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