COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has chosen an adviser to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to run the Health and Human Services Department in her fifth Cabinet announcement.
Haley said Tuesday that Anthony Keck is her choice to lead the agency responsible for administering federal health care programs for the poor and the elderly.
"We searched across the country for an expert in health care reform," Haley said. "I wanted someone who understands that South Carolina will not be a victim to health care mandates pushed down by Washington, but instead we will be proactive and fight to create reforms that serve tax payers without compromising on quality of care. We found that person – and his name is Tony Keck."
In the past month, Haley has named her picks to lead the state departments of commerce, labor, juvenile justice and corrections. They are among 15 Cabinet agencies overseen by the governor. The governor-elect will be sworn in next week.
"There is an enormous opportunity under the leadership of Governor-elect Haley to accomplish great things at DHHS," Keck said. "There is hard work ahead of us, but the governor-elect has passion and vision. The foundation is here. I look forward to getting started."
Last month, Revenue Department director Ray Stevens said he is resigning to take a job at a law firm. His replacement has yet to be announced.
All of Haley's Cabinet nominees must be confirmed by the state Senate.