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Longtime Haley friend chosen to lead DHEC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A longtime ally of Gov. Nikki Haley has been named the new director of South Carolina's public health and environmental control agency.

Monday's selection of Eleanor Kitzman comes just four days after Catherine Templeton announced her resignation. The board's pick must be approved by the Senate and Haley, who appoints the entire board.

Haley's 2012 memoir credits Kitzman with getting her involved in politics. On her second day in office, Haley succeeded in getting Kitzman approved as Budget and Control Board director.

Kitzman left that agency after eight months to lead the Texas Department of Insurance. That job ended in 2013 because Texas senators refused to confirm her appointment.

Kitzman led South Carolina's insurance agency from 2005 to 2007, when she resigned over a disagreement with former Gov. Mark Sanford.

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