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|29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations|
January 24, 2017 – December 31, 2018
|Preceded by||Samantha Power|
|Succeeded by||Kelly Craft|
|116th Governor of South Carolina|
January 12, 2011 – January 24, 2017
|Preceded by||Mark Sanford|
|Succeeded by||Henry McMaster|
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives|
from the 87th district
January 11, 2005 – January 11, 2011
|Preceded by||Larry Koon|
|Succeeded by||Todd Atwater|
January 20, 1972
Bamberg, South Carolina, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Education||Clemson University (BS)|
Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley (simply called Nikki Haley; born January 20, 1972) is an American politician. She was the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations beginning on January 24, 2017. She resigned on October 9, 2018 and left the office on December 31, 2018.
On January 12, 2011, she became the Governor of South Carolina. She is a member of the Republican Party. She is the first female governor of South Carolina. At the age of 42, she was the youngest governor in the United States, followed by another fellow Republican governor, Bobby Jindal.
Haley was born at Bamberg County Memorial Hospital in Bamberg, South Carolina. Her parents were Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhaw, from Punjab, India. Her father was a professor at Punjab Agricultural University. Her mother started a clothing company, Exotica International. Haley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Clemson University. She has one sister and two brothers.
Governor of South Carolina (2011–2017)
The Republican gubernatorial primary took place on June 8, 2010, and Haley captured 49% of the vote. A runoff election happened on June 22, because nobody won 50% of the vote. Haley won handily in the runoff vote. Haley was elected governor on November 2, 2010, over the Democratic candidate, Vincent Sheheen 51% to 47%. On August 12, 2013, Haley announced she would seek a second term during a rally August 26, 2013, at the BI-LO Center in downtown Greenville. Haley was re-elected on November 4, 2014, with a 55.9 percent to 41.3 percent win, almost tripling her previous margin of victory over Sheheen in 2010 gubernatorial elections.
Haley supports lower taxes, opposes regulation and is extremely anti-union. In June 2015, following the Charleston church shooting, Haley led bi-partisan calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State Capitol and its grounds. In July 2015, Haley signed a Bill to authorize removing the Confederate flag from the flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol.
In April 2016, Haley indicated she would not support legislation introduced by the South Carolina State Senate which would require transgender individuals to use restrooms based on biological sex instead of gender identity.
Ambassador to the United Nations (2017–2018)
On November 23, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Haley for Ambassador to the United Nations. On January 20, 2017, President Trump sent Haley's nomination to the Senate. Haley was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate 96-4 on January 24, 2017.
Haley resigned on October 9, 2018 to return to her beloved home state. Multiple U.N. watchdogs called for an investigation over her many private jet plane travels. She was also falsely accused of overspending on $52,000 curtains which were actually purchased during the Obama Administration. She left the office on December 31, 2018.
In September 1996, she married Michael Haley, a South Carolina National Guard. They have two children: Rena and Nalin Haley.
- "Nikki Haley". Biography.com. http://www.biography.com/people/nikki-haley-20939217. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- Writer, GENE ZALESKI T&D Staff. "Jackson: Haley to blame for Bamberg’s lack of hospital" (in en). https://thetandd.com/news/jackson-haley-to-blame-for-bamberg-s-lack-of-hospital/article_b431346c-7b53-549c-ab55-b4df73b19e8c.html.
- O'Conner, John (May 14, 2009). "Rep. Haley announces bid to become state's first female governor". The State. (Columbia, SC).
- Davenport, Jim (June 9, 2010). "Haley weathers tryst accusations in SC gov race". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100615030150/http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SC_GOVERNOR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT. Also published on MSNBC.com as "Sordid S.C. governor's race heads to runoff"
- Davenport, Jim. "Haley’s S.C. win ensures spot on national stage". Boston Globe. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/37862339/ns/politics-decision_2010/t/haleys-sc-win-ensures-spot-national-stage/. Retrieved August 13, 2013. The State in Columbia, S.C. also published an earlier version, "Republicans tap Haley for gov, make history".
- Evans, Jason (November 2010). "Nikki Haley to be state's first female governor". The Pickens Sentinel. http://www.pickenssentinel.com/view/full_story/10145728/article-Nikki-Haley-to-be-state%E2%80%99s-first-female-governor-. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
- Larson, Leslie (August 12, 2013). "South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will run for reelection, bringing in GOP heavyweights Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Tim Scott for formal announcement". Daily News (New York). http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gov-nikki-haley-run-reelection-south-carolina-article-1.1424581. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
- Nikki Haley's 14-point victory gives her mandate, experts say Greenville, Garnett Publications (November 5, 2014)
- "Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor, Calls for Removal of Confederate Battle Flag". NY Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/us/south-carolina-confederate-flag-dylann-roof.html?_r=0.
- "South Carolina Confederate Flag Removal Bill - Video - C-SPAN.org". C-SPAN.org. http://www.c-span.org/video/?327026-1/south-carolina-confederate-flag-removal-bill-signing-ceremony.
- "South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Confederate Flag Bill Into Law". NPR.org. 9 July 2015. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/09/421531368/south-carolina-gov-nikki-haley-to-sign-confederate-flag-bill-into-law.
- Costa, Robert (November 23, 2016). "Gov. Nikki Haley tapped to be Trump’s U.N. ambassador". The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sc-gov-nikki-haley-tapped-to-be-trumps-un-ambassador/2016/11/23/c1395cb6-b144-11e6-8616-52b15787add0_story.html. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
- (in en) Nominations Sent to the Senate. 2017-01-20. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/20/nominations-sent-senate. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
- Official website of the Governor of South Carolina
- Nikki Haley at the Open Directory Project
- Haley Appearances on C-SPAN