Indian-origin South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has reportedly accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer to serve as US ambassador to the United Nations in the upcoming administration, according to sources familiar with the election procedure, reported the Washington Post.
While the formal announcement is scheduled to be made on Wednesday morning, 44-year-old Haley, considered a rising star in the Republican Party, is set to become the first female appointment to a cabinet-level post by President-elect Donald Trump.
Nikki Haley's elevation as top US diplomat at the UN shows her steep political rise that began six years ago when the daughter of Indian immigrants was elected as South Carolina's first woman and minority governor.
Born Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa, Haley brings both racial and gender diversity to Trump's appointments, which so far have uniformly consisted of white males.
She has already carved out a legacy for herself, serving as the first minority and female governor of South Carolina, a deeply conservative state with a long history of racial strife.
Haley, who is in her second and final term as governor, was elected in 2010, riding the wave of the Republican Tea Party with the support of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Her re-election win in 2014 also marked the largest margin of victory for a South Carolina gubernatorial candidate in 24 years.
Prior to becoming the state's chief executive, she served six years as a member of the state's House of Representatives.