- Spouse: Governor Nikki R. Haley
Michael Haley became the first gentleman of South Carolina when his wife, Nikki Randhawa Haley, was sworn in as the state’s 116th governor on January 12, 2011.
Mr. Haley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He completed his officer basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and his area of concentration at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The first gentleman is a combat veteran having spent 11 months in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He also served with the South Carolina Army National Guard as a platoon leader, executive officer and commander of an area support medical company. As a military technician, he worked as a management analyst, state equal employment manager, strategic plans and training officer and human resources manager. Prior to his military career, he worked in the family business as a buyer and manager and later started his own business.
The first gentleman’s initiatives include overseeing the Governor’s Mansion Commission and Foundation, actively participating with Youth Challenge and supporting other at-risk youth programs and advocating for South Carolina’s foster care and adoption services. Mr. Haley is a board member of the American Red Cross and the South Carolina Military Museum Foundation and serves as chairman of the Safe America Foundation’s First Spouses Campaign.
The Haleys have two children, daughter Rena and son Nalin. The first gentleman is an avid sports participant and outdoorsman.