A look at the career of Haley’s choice to run DHEC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Eleanor Kitzman, longtime friend of Gov. Nikki Haley, is the governor’s choice to lead the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. Kitzman’s confirmation process in the Senate began Thursday. The following is taken from her resume:


—2013-14: Starr Insurance Holdings Inc. vice president in New York

—2013-14: Community Foundation of New Jersey coastal property adviser

—2011-13: Texas Department of Insurance commissioner

—2011: South Carolina Budget and Control Board director

—2010-11: Titan Insurance Co. board member of South Carolina insurer

—2007-10: Goldman Sachs director of governmental affairs for insurance businesses, lobbyist

—2005-07: South Carolina Department of Insurance director

—1999-2004: Driver’s Choice Insurance founder and president in South Carolina

—1998: E.W. Blanch Holdings Inc. in Texas, reinsurance broker

—1997: GEICO, product manager in Washington

—1994-97: Integon (now GMAC Insurance Co.) in Winston-Salem, N.C., president of Ameristar County Mutual Insurance Co., ’94-95; vice president of government relations, lobbyist ’95-97

—1993-94: Louisiana Department of Insurance in New Orleans, special deputy receiver and president of an auto insurance company the agency created and later sold

—1992-93: United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. in Baltimore, attorney

—1987-91: Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in Austin, associate attorney

—1986-87: Texas Supreme Court, briefing attorney


—Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston, 1984; law degree from South Texas College of Law, 1986


—Ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2010 in a four-way GOP primary

Source: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

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