By SEANNA ADCOX
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley has picked her former deputy chief of staff to replace the outgoing director of South Carolina's Medicaid agency.
Haley on Monday nominated Christian Soura to lead the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Soura will replace Tony Keck, who has spent much of his tenure explaining his and Haley's stance against expanding Medicaid eligibility under the federal health overhaul.
Haley has referred to Soura as "Mister Fix It." Prior to joining Haley's team, he was secretary of administration for former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell.
Soura led Haley's efforts for a government restructuring bill she signed into law last February. He also put together her executive budget proposals.
Soura moved over to the Medicaid agency several months ago. His current salary is $129,000. Keck makes $155,000.