Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and former governor of South Carolina who’s drawn speculation about a potential 2024 presidential run — announced her endorsement of U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, in his bid for reelection next year.
In her endorsement, Haley called Feenstra “a champion of conservative values for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.” The freshman congressman, a former Statehouse senator, defeated Steve King, the controversial, two-decade incumbent in a primary last summer. He later defeated Democrat challenger J.D. Scholten in November’s election with more than 62% of the vote.
“Randy’s bold, conservative voice brings a dose of Iowa commonsense to Washington,” Haley said in a statement. “He defends Iowa’s farmers and small businesses, protects the unborn, holds Communist China accountable … I’m proud to endorse him because he’s a fighter who will always get the job done for Iowa.”
Haley, who headlined an event for the Republican Party of Iowa in suburban Des Moines in June along with a slew of other events on behalf of local party operations and Iowa elected officials, has acknowledged the possibility of a presidential campaign, though she has said she would not run if former Republican President Donald Trump sought the office.
During her June visit to Iowa, which included a keynote address at the annual Lincoln Dinner in West Des Moines, Haley said her focus would remain on the country’s 2022 races, which would mean throwing her support behind Republican lawmakers like Feenstra.
“I am honored to have the support of Ambassador Haley,” Feenstra said in a statement, “a proven and effective conservative leader.”