Gov. Nikki Haley is among The Washington Post's "40 Most Interesting Women in Politics" list released in part Monday morning.
Compiled by Post political blog The Fix, the list spotlights women in political roles beyond the U.S. Capitol building and is based on nominations from women's groups, social media and "some smart political types we asked," The Fix notes.
Haley finds herself in good company in the first 20 women to be featured on the list, which includes Georgia House Minority Leader and Democrat Stacey Abrams, senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett and Republican Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst.
Haley makes the list as the first non-white female governor in the South, The Fix notes. And although "her tenure hasn't always gone smoothly," she still easily won re-election over Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen last fall, The Fix adds.
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"It's not clear she'll be on the radar for the GOP's vice presidential pick in 2016 -- as she was in early 2012," reporter Aaron Blake writes. "Her tenure as governor has been interesting enough, though."
The rest of The Fix's list will be published in two parts on Tuesday and Wednesday.