Quantcast

Haley takes oath as SC's first female governor - Live5News.com | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Haley takes oath as SC's first female governor

Prayer Service Wednesday morning Prayer Service Wednesday morning

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) – Nikki Haley has taken the oath of office, becoming South Carolina's 90th governor and the first woman to run the state.

South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal administered the oath under sunny skies but in near-freezing temperatures on the Statehouse steps.

Dressed in a bright, white overcoat and with husband Michael and their two children by her side, the 38-year-old Republican became the nation's second Indian-American governor. Other constitutional officers also took their oaths of office.

In her inaugural address, Haley said the state must cut taxes and trim the size of government to turn around its lagging economy.

Nikki Haley invoked the state's fierce spirit of independence during the Revolutionary War and blamed misguided federal aid for helping to ruin the state budget.

She also says state spending must become more efficient and called for improvements to education. While vague on details, her speech hinted at allowing children to attend school outside their home districts. She also renewed her call for lawmakers to record all of their votes on legislation.

The procession before the swearing-in was slightly delayed when a law officer collapsed, but officials later said the officer would be OK.

A prayer service began a day of inaugural activities for Nikki Haley. A bagpipe procession opened the ceremony at Trinity Cathedral, across the street from the Statehouse in Columbia on Wednesday morning.

First gentleman Michael Haley was in his Army dress uniform. He's a member of the South Carolina National Guard.

Outgoing Gov. Mark Sanford attended the ceremony, as did former first lady Jenny Sanford. They were not seated together. They divorced last year after the governor admitted an affair with an Argentine woman.

Pastors called on South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley to help restore trust in government as Haley's own pastor called on churches to work with the state to deliver services.

First Presbyterian Church of Greenville Pastor Pamela Cole said Haley could become known as the governor who did the right thing regardless of the cost.

Mt. Horeb Methodist Church Pastor Jeff Kersey said churches around the state should support Haley's plans to have the faith community work more closely with government as services are cut by the budget crunch.

An open house at the governor's mansion and a gala Wednesday evening will round out the activities Wednesday.

Related story:

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • NEWS LocalNEWSMore>>

  • The Citadel's container farm is first of its kind for military college

    The Citadel's container farm is first of its kind for military college

    Friday, April 28 2017 11:59 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:59:46 GMT
    Source: WCSCSource: WCSC

    The Citadel's first harvest was ready from its container farm on Friday. It's the college's Sustainability Project, part of The Zucker Family School of Education’s STEM Center of Excellence. 

    More >>

    The Citadel's first harvest was ready from its container farm on Friday. It's the college's Sustainability Project, part of The Zucker Family School of Education’s STEM Center of Excellence. 

    More >>
  • Man drowns in apartment complex pool

    Man drowns in apartment complex pool

    Saturday, April 29 2017 10:33 AM EDT2017-04-29 14:33:40 GMT

    City of North Charleston police and Charleston County Rescue are currently responding to a North Charleston apartment complex for a reported drowning, according to dispatch.

    More >>

    City of North Charleston police and Charleston County Rescue are currently responding to a North Charleston apartment complex for a reported drowning, according to dispatch.

    More >>
  • Downtown has four new apartment complexes on one street

    Downtown has four new apartment complexes on one street

    Friday, April 28 2017 7:10 PM EDT2017-04-28 23:10:10 GMT
    Source: Live 5 NewsSource: Live 5 News

    The tallest points of downtown Charleston has shifted from steeple tops to towering cranes building the next high-rise. In downtown Charleston, the intersections of Meeting and Woolfe Streets to Meeting and Huger Street are only about a half mile apart. One apartment complex already exists in that area (Elan Midtown) and sits at 97% capacity with more than 200 units. Over the next year, four more apartment complexes will be built and opened.

    More >>

    The tallest points of downtown Charleston has shifted from steeple tops to towering cranes building the next high-rise. In downtown Charleston, the intersections of Meeting and Woolfe Streets to Meeting and Huger Street are only about a half mile apart. One apartment complex already exists in that area (Elan Midtown) and sits at 97% capacity with more than 200 units. Over the next year, four more apartment complexes will be built and opened.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly