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SC Gov Haley names pick for Cabinet agency

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Ray Farmer and his wife (left) stand alongside South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as she announces him as her pick to lead the Insurance Department. (File/FOX Carolina) Ray Farmer and his wife (left) stand alongside South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as she announces him as her pick to lead the Insurance Department. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has announced her choice to run a Cabinet agency.

Haley held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the Statehouse where she announced Ray Farmer would fill the one open Cabinet seat. Sixteen agencies report to the governor.

The Insurance Department has had an interim leader since former Director David Black abruptly resigned in December without explanation. Haley named Gwen Fuller-McGriff acting director the next day.

Farmer brings more than 40 years of insurance experience, including work with the property-casualty industry. He served for more than 30 years on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Arson Control Program.

Following the Cabinet announcement, Haley addressed several questions regarding the ongoing South Carolina Department of Revenue hacking investigation.

The Revenue Department has been under scrutiny since officials announced last month that a hacker accessed millions of tax returns filed since 1998. The data compromised from 3.8 million personal tax returns and 657,000 business filings include unencrypted Social Security numbers.

Haley has repeatedly said no one would be fired because of the breach.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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