Nikki Randhawa Haley was sworn in as governor of South Carolina on January 12, 2011.
Haley was first elected to represent the 87th District in Lexington County in 2004. In 2008, she was re-elected to the Statehouse and later won the Republican Party nomination for governor on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.
Her time in Columbia has been marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line. She has fought wasteful spending at every turn, pushed for smaller, more efficient government, and led the fight for accountability and transparency.
Born in Bamberg, S.C., the daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley's first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store – at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from Clemson University with a B.S. degree in accounting and, following her graduation, worked as Accounting Supervisor for the Charlotte, N.C. based corporation FCR, Inc. and five of its subsidiaries. Haley then went back to the family business where she helped oversee its growth into a multi-million dollar operation.
Haley and her husband Michael, a full time federal technician with the South Carolina National Guard and an officer in the Army National Guard, attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington.
Haley and her husband Michael have two children, Rena, 13, and Nalin, 10.