Gov. Nikki Haley has named a national transportation lobbyist to be the next highways chief in South Carolina.
The governor on Monday nominated Janet Oakley to be the next state Secretary of Transportation. She will be the permanent replacement for Robert St. Onge, who resigned in February after his arrest for suspected DUI.
Oakley spent the past 14 years as government affairs director for the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, a national group that creates standards for highway design and construction nationwide.
Haley told reporters Monday that she wanted to make sure her nominee was not biased towards a particular area of the state. “What I didn’t want is someone that was going to continue to improve infrastructure in a region of South Carolina. I wanted someone that was going to come in and look at infrastructure in the entire state of South Carolina and say, ‘How do we improve the entire state?'”
Oakley lives in Maryland, but owns a second home on Edisto Island with her husband.
“This will be, in my mind, the capstone of my career,” she said during an introductory press conference. “And I look forward to serving the governor and the state of South Carolina.”
Oakley must be confirmed by the state Senate before she can take office.