Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa Haley

86th Governor of the State of South Carolina 2011 to 2017

Date Born: January 20, 1972

Date Died: Living

Place Born: Bamberg, SC

Place Buried: TBD

Residence: Lexington County, SC

Occupation: Accountant


Clemson University, B.S. in Accounting: Graduated in 1994

SC House of Representatives: 2005-2010

Governor of South Carolina: 2011 - 2017


Nimrata Nikki Randhawa was born on January 20, 1972 in Bamberg, SC to an Indian Sikh family. Her parents, Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa, are immigrants from Amritsar District, India. She was a graduate of Orangeburg Preparatory Schools and Clemson University with a B.S. in Accounting.

Randhawa worked for the FCR Corporation, a waste management and recycling company, before joining her mother's business, Exotica International, an upscale clothing firm, in 1994. The family business grew to become a multi-million dollar company.

On September 6, 1996, Nimrata Nikki Randhawa married Michael Haley in both a Methodist church ceremony and a Sikh gurdwara. They have two children.

Nikki Randhawa Haley was named to the board of directors of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce in 1998. She was named to the board of directors of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce in 2003. Haley became treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2003 and president in 2004. She chaired the Lexington Gala to raise funds for the local hospital. She also serves on the Lexington Medical Foundation, Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation, West Metro Republican Women, President of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Chairman for 2006 Friends of Scouting Leadership Division campaign and is a member of the Rotary Club in Lexington.

In 2004, Nikki Randhawa Haley was first elected to represent the SC House District No. 87, which included the central part of Lexington County, in the House of Representatives of the:
- 116th General Assembly that met from 2005-2006
- 117th General Assembly that met from 2007-2008
- 118th General Assembly that met from 2009-2010

In the 2010 general election, Nikki Randhawa Haley was elected the next Governor of South Carolina, and she was inaugurated on January 12, 2011. She was re-elected in the 2014 general election.

Since taking office, Gov. Nikki Haley focused on creating jobs and improving the business climate in South Carolina. Other states now look to South Carolina as an example for how to recruit new businesses while taking care of the businesses they already have.

From the start of her administration, Gov. Haley has been proud to announce over 57,000 new jobs created and more than $13.8 billion invested in South Carolina. While job creation is her main focus, she has also fought for good government reforms. During her first year in office, and after a three year fight that began during her time in the Legislature, she was able to pass roll call voting reform which keeps legislators from voting anonymously and allows citizens to see the spending habits of their elected officials.

Governor Haley has also been able to pass tax relief for small businesses, pension reform, Medicaid reform, illegal immigration reform, Voter ID, and created an Inspector General to help remove waste and abuse in state government.

On January 27, 2017, Nikki Haley was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, after being appointed by President Donald J. Trump and approved by the U.S. Senate. She resigned from being the Governor of South Carolina on January 24th.


Nikki Haley was named to the Board of Directors of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce in 1998.

She was named to the Board of Directors of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce in 2003. She became treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2003 and president in 2004. Nikki chaired the Lexington Gala to raise funds for the local hospital. She also serves on the Lexington Medical Foundation, Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation, West Metro Republican Women, President of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Chairman for 2006 Friends of Scouting Leadership Division campaign and is a member of the Rotary Club in Lexington.

In 2004, she ran for the South Carolina House of Representatives against incumbent Republican representative Larry Koon. Koon, who had served since 1975, was the longest-serving member of the SC House. In the primary election, Haley won 40% of the vote (2,247 votes) to Koon's 42% (2,354 votes), thus forcing a runoff. Her platform was anti-tax and fiscally conservative with an emphasis on education.

In the runoff, Haley won with 54.7% (2,928 votes) of the total. She then ran unopposed for the House seat as there was no Democratic opponent. She became the first Indian-American GOP state legislator in the United States.

She has served as secretary of the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs committees. She also was elected chairman of the Freshman caucus in 2005 and elected as a Majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly. She was the only freshman legislator named to a whip spot.

Nikki Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina and raised as a Sikh. Her parents Dr. Ajit and Raj Randhawa are Indian Punjabi Sikh immigrants from Amritsar and she has an older brother Mitti, sister Simran Singh, and younger brother Charan. She went to Clemson University and majored in Accounting and then joined the FCR Corporation before joining her mother's business in 1994. The family business grew to a multi million dollar company.

On September 6, 1996 she married Michael Haley in both a Methodist church ceremony and a Sikh gurdwara. Haley identifies herself today as a Christian, but also attends both Sikh and Methodist services out of respect for her parents' culture. She sits on the board for Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church.

Michael is a federal employee with the United States Department of the Army and an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard. Together they have two children, Rena and Nalin.


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