Michael Haley became the First Gentleman of South Carolina when his wife, Nikki Randhawa Haley, was sworn in as governor on January 12, 2011. She is the 116th governor of South Carolina.
Mr. Haley graduated from The University of North Carolina Charlotte with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Prior to his military career he worked in the family business as a buyer/manager and later started his own finance business.
The First Gentleman completed his officer basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and his area of concentration at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He is currently a military technician for the South Carolina National Guard and a Medical Service Corps officer in the Army National Guard. He has served as a platoon leader and commander of an Area Support Medical Company. As a military technician, he has worked as a management analyst and State Equal Employment manager. Currently, he serves as the J-5/7 Strategic Plans and Training officer. He is active in the community and holds both board and officer positions with several civic organizations. He is an avid sports participant but concentrates primarily on hunting, running and the occasional triathlon.
Mr. Haley’s initiatives as First Gentleman include overseeing the Governor’s Mansion Commission and Foundation; actively participating with Youth Challenge and supporting other at-risk youth programs; and advocating for the South Carolina’s foster care and adoption services.
The Haley’s have two children, daughter, Rena (14), and son, Nalin (11).