South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
Governor Haley swept into office during the Tea Party wave in 2010. She's the first woman governor of South Carolina and the first minority to be elected governor of the Palmetto State. She is currently the youngest governor in the country and the first Indian American woman to run a state.
She garnered national attention during her campaign and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin endorsed her. As governor, she proposes small government principles and passed a tough immigration law fashioned after Arizona's and signed into law a bill requiring a voter ID at the polling booth, but the law was blocked by Justice Department and now the state is suing. Haley also battled with the state legislature over governance - a case that reached the state Supreme Court.
Haley endorsed Mitt Romney before her state's primary in January but said she is not interested in serving as Romney's running mate. "I made a promise to the people of South Carolina and I'm going to finish what I started," Haley said on CNN earlier this month.