Haley taps lawyer as new LLR chief

On Wednesday, Governor-elect Nikki Haley nominated Charleston Catherine Templeton to run the Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Department.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley has picked an attorney to head the state agency that enforces professional licensing and labor laws.

Catherine Templeton was nominated Wednesday to run the Labor, Licensing and Regulation Department. It's Haley's second Cabinet announcement -- following her pick of a BMW executive and former newspaper editor to lead the state Commerce Department.

Templeton is a labor and employment lawyer and has specialized in union opposition.

The state Senate must confirm all nominations to the Cabinet, which consists of 15 agency heads who report to the governor.

Haley is to be sworn into office in January

Outgoing Republican Gov. Mark Sanford held his last Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

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