|Governor of South Carolina|
|January 12, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Mark Sanford (R)|
|Majority Whip, South Carolina House of Representatives|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|South Carolina House of Representatives|
|January 3, 2005 – November 8, 2010|
|Bachelor's||Clemson University (1994)|
|Birthday||January 20, 1972|
|Place of birth||Bamberg, SC|
As governor, Haley's focus has been on creating jobs and improving the state's business climate. She has also worked towards cutting taxes for small businesses, pension reform, Medicaid reform, illegal immigration reform, Voter ID, and created the office of Inspector General.
An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Haley as the 21st most conservative governor in the country.
Haley is running for re-election in 2014. State Senator Vincent Sheheen, whom Haley defeated in 2010, is seeking a re-match. Haley previously served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 87, Lexington County, from 2005-2010.
Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa in Bamberg, South Carolina on January 20, 1972 to Sikh immigrants parents Dr. Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Kaur Randhawa who migrated from Amritsar District, Punjab, India. She is the sister of Mitti and Charan, her two brothers, and Simran, her sister.  When she graduated from Orangeburg Preparatory School she went on to earn her B.S. in accounting from Clemson University.  After she finished college she went on to join FCR Corporation, a waste management and recycling company,  later joining her mother's company Exotica International, which is an upscale clothing firm, in 1994. The business grew to become a multi-million dollar company.
In 1998 Haley was named to the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She was named to Lexington Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and in the same year she became the treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners, becoming it's president a year later in 2004. She was involved in many organizations which included the Lexington Gala an organization that raised funds for a local hospital of which she was chair.  She serves on the Lexington Medical Foundation, Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation, West Metro Republican Women, is President of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, was chairman of the 2006 Friends of Scouting Leadership Division campaign and she is also a member of the Rotary Club in Lexington.
- Orangeburg Preparatory School
- Clemson University, B.S. degree in accounting (1994)
Haley first won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004, representing District 87. She was named Chairman of the Freshman Caucus in 2005 and Majority Whip for the House Republican Caucus in 2006. She was elected Governor of South Carolina on November 2, 2012.
Governor of South Carolina (2011 - Present)
Haley was among 16 Republican governors to sign a letter to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The letter asked the board to dismiss the complaint it made in April 2011 against aircraft maker Boeing, which planned to operate a plant in South Carolina. South Carolina is a right-to-work state and the NLRB claimed Boeing established an assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C., in retaliation for past labor problems the company has experienced in the state of Washington.
Haley wrote to Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel of the NLRB, taking issue with the agency’s action. The letter was dated June 16, 2011.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Haley was ranked number 34. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
North Carolina General Assembly (2005-2010)
Haley is running for re-election as governor in 2014. As of February 2013, Haley's plan was to wait until the legislative session concluded on June 6 to announce her final decision about the race. In late June, Haley still had not made a decision, saying, "If we look and it’s too much on the family, I could absolutely see not running again.” On August 26, 2013, she officially launched her re-election campaign. 
On November 2, 2010, Haley defeated Vincent Sheheen (D) by a little less than 60,000 votes out of nearly 1.3 million ballots cast for governor in the first open gubernatorial election in South Carolina since 1994. She became South Carolina's first female governor when she took office on Jan. 13, 2011.
|South Carolina Governor, 2010|
|Democratic||Vincent A. Sheheen||46.9%||630,534|
|Green||Morgan Bruce Reeves||0.9%||12,483|
|UNC||Morgan Bruce Reeves||0.6%||7,631|
|Election Results Via: South Carolina Election Commission|
While Haley had finished strong in the 2010 Gubernatorial Primary, receiving 49 percent of all ballots cast among the four candidates, she didn't receive the 50 percent-plus one needed to secure the nomination outright, necessitating a runoff. Her opponent was Gresham Barrett, who had finished second in the primary with 21.8 percent of the Republican vote. The runoff was held June 22 and Haley again won convincingly.
|2010 Race for Governor - Republican Runoff |
|Nikki R. Haley (R)||65.1%|
|Gresham Barrett (R)||34.9%|
Haley's gubernatorial aspirations was the beneficiary of a number of serendipitous boosts. Just weeks before the primary, former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin traveled to Columbia to campaign with Haley, and her popularity in the polls shot up immediately.
On December 7, 2009, Erick Erickson of RedState.com announced support for Haley in the 2010 South Carolina gubernatorial election. "Nikki Haley is one of us. Now we need to stick up for her and fund her. If you have money, give it. If you have time, give it. If you have prayers, offer them up," wrote Erickson in a blog entry.
In November 2009 Haley's bid for the Republican nomination for Governor received a boost when South Carolina First Lady Jenny Sanford backed Haley to replace her husband in 2011. Haley's campaign had been struggling, ending the third-quarter with the least amount of cash on hand out of the five GOP contenders for the nomination.
Haley ended up trouncing her three rivals, nearly gaining a majority of Republican votes cast.
|2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary |
|Nikki R. Haley (R)||48.9% |
|Gresham Barrett (R)||21.8%|
|Henry McMaster (R)||16.9%|
|Andre Bauer (R)||12.5%|
In 2008, Haley was re-elected for a third term to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 83 percent of the votes; reported as the largest margin of any state representative with a contested general election in South Carolina. According to Lexington County election results, Haley received 17,043 of the total votes, Edgar Gomez, the Democratic candidate, received 3,446 (16.8 percent) of the votes.
Haley raised $170,815 for her campaign, while Gomez raised $2,600.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 87 (2008)|
|Nikki Haley (R)||17,043|
|Edgar Gomez (D)||3,446|
Haley ran unopposed and was automatically elected for a second term. In 2006, Speaker Bobby Harrell appointed Rep. Haley as House Republican Whip. In 2006 she served on the House Labor, Commerce & Industry Committee.
In the 2004 election Haley defeated then-longest-serving member of the House of Representatives Larry Koon, who served since 1975. In the primary election, Haley won 40 percent, 2,247, of the vote and Koons won 42 percent, 2,354, of the vote. In light of the close election, both candidates squared off in a runoff. Haley won 54.7 percent, 2,928 votes, of the total; defeating Koon. There wasn't a Democratic candidate so Haley ran unopposed and won the seat.
Comprehensive donor information for Haley is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Haley raised a total of $5,902,737 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 17, 2013.
|Nikki Haley's Campaign Contribution History|
|2008||SC State House||$170,815|
|2006||SC State House||$90,653|
|2004||SC State House||$79,301|
|Grand Total Raised||$5,902,737|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Nikki Haley's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Nikki Haley's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of South Carolina
|Total Raised||$170,815 (Dem)||$3,969,865|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$2,600||$3,615,054 (Dem)|
|Top 5 contributors||House Republican Caucus of South Carolina||$4,636||South Carolina Republican Party||$25,000|
|Takeda Pharmaceuticals||$2,000||Senate Republican Caucus of South Carolina||$25,000|
|Scana Corp||$2,000||Free & Strong American PAC||$14,000|
|Lexington County Republican Party||$2,000||Chad Walldorf||$10,500|
|South Carolina Trucking Association||$2,000||David Ellison||$10,500|
Haley and her husband, Michael, currently reside in Lexington County, South Carolina. They have two children. Haley published an autobiography, Can't is Not an Option, in 2012. In the book, Haley writes about her personal experiences growing up, including her experiences with child abuse.
- Friend of the Taxpayer Award, S.C. Association of Taxpayers (2005)
- Leader in Liberty Award-Abate of South Carolina (2005)
- Legislator of the Year Award, Centennial Foundation (2005)
- Indian American Pride Award-Indian American Friendship Council (2005)
- Palmetto Leadership Award from the S.C. Policy Council (2006)
- Strom Thurmond Excellence in Public Service. and Govt. Award from the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women (2006)
- Champion of Housing Award, Home Builders Association of S.C. (2007)
- W. Mack Chamblee Quality of Life Award, S.C. Association of Realtors (2007)
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- Gov. Nikki Haley says her military husband will be home for Christmas - Charleston Post Courier
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- ↑ Live Punjab,"Indian Sikh woman in race for South Carolina governorship," June 24, 2009
- ↑ Herald Online, "Rep. Haley announces bid to become state's first female governor", May 14, 2009
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 South Carolina Governor, "About: Nikki Haley," accessed May 25, 2012
- ↑ New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
- ↑ Huffington Post, "Nikki Haley, Vincent Sheheen Attack Ads Released For 2014 Campaign (VIDEO) ," May 1, 2013
- ↑ The New York Times: "All Her Life, Nikki Haley Was the Different One," June 13, 2010
- ↑ NRI Achievers: "Raj Randhawa Takes Her Family Business from Strength to Strength," Unknown
- ↑ Asian Tribune.: "Nikki Haley: Daughter of Indian Sikh immigrants destined to be South Carolina Governor," Unknown
- ↑ Manta:"FCR,Inc Company Profile," Unknown
- ↑ hoovers.com: "Waste Management & Remediation Services - Charlotte, North Carolina," Unknown
- ↑ Indian American Center for Political Awareness: "Nikki Haley in runoff for South Carolina Assembly Republican Primaries," 2004
- ↑ South Carolina General Assembly.: " Representative Nikki Randhawa Haley ," April 11, 2007
- ↑ Indian American Center for Political Awareness: " Nikki Haley in runoff for South Carolina Assembly Republican Primaries," 2004
- ↑ Official site.: " Representative Nikki Randhawa Haley Bio," unknown
- ↑ Nikki Haley official site, "About," retrieved July 6, 2009
- ↑ "Labor Complaint Against Boeing Opposed by Haslam," by Mike Morrow, Tennessee Report, June 19, 2011
- ↑ The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- ↑ The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- ↑ Associated Press, "Romney picks up SC gov's endorsement in GOP race," December 16, 2011
- ↑ The Associated Press via MyrtleBeachOnline, "Gov Haley names co-chairs for possible run in 2014," February 19, 2013
- ↑ Huffington Post, "Nikki Haley Still Undecided On Reelection Bid In 2014," June 24, 2013
- ↑ Washington Post, "South Carolina Gov. Haley launches re-election campaign (Video)," August 26, 2013
- ↑ South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican Runoff
- ↑ RedState, "Nice Guys Only Finish Last If We Let Them," December 7, 2009
- ↑ The State, "Haley gets RedState.com endorsement," December 7, 2009
- ↑ The Sun News Jenny Sanford backs Haley to succeed her husband, November 12, 2009
- ↑ Nikki Haley official website, "First Lady Jenny Sanford Endorses Our Campaign," November 12, 2009
- ↑ South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary
- ↑ Even though Nikki Haley received the most votes, she failed to receive over fifty percent of those votes required by South Carolina state law. A run-off election between the top two vote recipients, therefore, was required to decide who went on to the general election.
- ↑ Lexington County,"2008 Election Results," retrieved July 12, 2009
- ↑ Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- ↑ Asian-American Politics," retrieved July 12, 2009
- ↑ Home Builders Association of South Carolina, "Columbia HBA Recognizes Representative Nikki Haley with Champion of Housing Award," retrieved July 12, 2009
- ↑ Free Times,"Haley’s Star Rising," October 22, 2008
- ↑ NRI, "Nikki Randhawa, NRI, Sikh Busimess woman won the run-off election to the South Carolina State Assembly," June 10, 2004
- ↑ Follow the Money "Career Fundraising for Nikki Haley," Accessed March 10, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
- ↑ The State,"Haley announces run for governor," May 15, 2009
- ↑ The Washington Post, Nikki Haley opens up on childhood abuse, July 9, 2013
- ↑ 40.0 40.1 40.2 40.3 40.4 40.5 40.6 40.7 South Carolina Legislature,"Nikki Haley," June 19, 2009
Mark Sanford (R)
|Governor of South Carolina
| Succeeded by|
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 87
| Succeeded by|
Todd Atwater (R)
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