COLUMBIA— Gov. Nikki Haley is heading out of state for the first time since announcing that a computer hacker stole Social Security numbers and other private data from millions of taxpayers.

The Republican governor will spend today in Chicago and Wednesday morning in Washington before returning to South Carolina, said Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey.

Haley is the featured speaker for a luncheon today hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation. Her remarks will follow a panel discussion titled “The Road Ahead After the 2012 Election.”

Haley will be the guest speaker at a Republican Governors Association breakfast in Washington.

Haley will also meet with the state’s congressmen about issues she needs their help on, including computer security, Godfrey said.

She will not hold any fundraisers during the trip, said campaign adviser Tim Pearson.

Two weeks ago, Haley skipped the governor’s association annual conference in Las Vegas, as well as a speaking event at a Goldwater Institute dinner in Phoenix, saying she needed to focus on the Revenue’s Department’s massive security breach.

Associated Press