Governor Nikki Haley issued the following statement after the South Carolina House of Representatives voted to allow the people of our state to decide whether the governor and lieutenant governor should run on the same ticket (H. 3152) and whether the governor should have the power to appoint a superintendent of education (H. 3070):
"Today, we earned big wins for the people of our state, and we couldn't be more excited. I want to thank the House -- especially Chairman Harrison and State Rep. Tom Young -- for leading on these critically important issues.
"We have long said that the governor and lieutenant governor should run on the same ticket. It's common sense. The two leaders at the top of the executive branch should share an agenda and show the state what can be accomplished when they work as a team. The first step toward making this happen is letting the people of this state choose what that team looks like.
"As we've said before, our teachers, our parents and, most of all, our students deserve opportunity that is second to none in education. A huge step toward improving education is allowing the state superintendent and governor to work as partners in priorities."