|Governor of South Carolina|
|January 12, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|South Carolina House of Representatives|
|January 3, 2005 – November 8, 2010|
|Bachelor's||Clemson University (1994)|
|Date of birth||January 20, 1972|
|Place of birth||Bamberg, SC|
During the 2010 2010 South Carolina gubernatorial election, Haley received the endorsement of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as well as the Tea Party Movement.  She finished first in the four-way Republican primary election with a total of 49% of the vote, but she fell short of the 50% required that would have avoided a runoff election. Haley won the June 22 runoff election with 65% of the vote.  and she preceded to win the general election by a a 51–47% margin.
On November 2, 2010, Haley was elected Governor of South Carolina, defeating Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen. Haley's election makes her the first Indian-American woman to become governor and the second Indian-American governor in the United States after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. She announced her bid for governor on May 14, 2009.
Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, on January 20, 1972 as Nimrata Nikki Randhawa.  to a Jatt Sikh family of Randhawa Clan. Her father Dr. Ajit Singh Randhawa and her mother Raj Kaur Randhawa are Sikh immigrants from Amritsar District, Punjab, India. She has 2 brothers, Mitti and Charan and one sister, Simran  She graduated from Orangeburg Preparatory Schools and went on to Clemson University and earned a B.S. in accounting  and later joined the FCR Corporation (a waste management and recycling company)  before she went on to join her mother's business, Exotica International which is a upscale clothing firm, in 1994  The family business grew to a multi-million dollar company.
In 1998 she was named to the Board of Directors of the Orangeburg County, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce . In 1998 she was named to the Board of Directors of the Lexington, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. In 2003 she became treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners and became it's president in 2004. She chaired the Lexington Gala which raised funds for a local hospital. Haley also serves on the Lexington Medical Foundation, Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation, West Metro Republican Women, she is 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.
- Graduated from Orangeburg Preparatory Schools,
- Clemson University, B.S. degree in accounting (1994)
Since first winning the a State House seat in 2004, Haley has been named Chairman of the Freshman Caucus in 2005 and Majority Whip for the House Republican Caucus in 2006. She currently represents District 87 and currently serves on the Education and Public Works committees.
Gov. Bill Haslam is among 16 Republican governors to sign a letter to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The letter asks the board to dismiss the complaint it made in April 2011 against aircraft maker Boeing, which plans to operate a plant in South Carolina.
Both Tennessee and South Carolina are right-to-work states and the NLRB claims 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.
South Carolina's Republican governor Nikki Haley has written to Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel of the NLRB, taking issue with the agency’s action. The letter was dated June 16, 2011 and Haslam is among the signers.
On November 2, 2010, Haley defeated Sheheen by a little less than 60,000 votes out of nearly 1.3 million ballots cast for governor the first open gubernatorial election in South Carolina since 1994. She will become South Carolina's first female governor when she takes office on Jan. 13, 2011.
|2010 Race for Governor - General Election |
|Nikki R. Haley (R)||51.4%|
|Vincent Sheheen (D)||47.1%|
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.
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 Opponents||$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|
- 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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- Saltonstall, David (June 9, 2010). "South Carolina Tea Party hopeful Nikki Haley wins primary, ex-CEO of eBay grabs California GOP nod", Daily News (New York).
- O'Conner, John (May 14, 2009). "Rep. Haley announces bid to become state's first female governor". The State. (Columbia, SC).
- Kraushaar, Josh (March 16, 2010). "Romney backs Haley in S.C.".
- Palin, Sarah (May 14, 2010). "Shaking it up in South Carolina with Nikki Haley". Facebook.
- "Haley Wins South Carolina GOP Runoff For Governor", NPR (June 22, 2010). Retrieved on December 13, 2011.
- 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
- Dewan, Shaila (June 13, 2010). "All Her Life, Nikki Haley Was the Different One", The New York Times. Retrieved on January 13, 2011.
- Raj Randhawa Takes Her Family Business from Strength to Strength - NRI Achievers
- Gamage Daya (2010-06-12). "Nikki Haley: Daughter of Indian Sikh immigrants destined to be South Carolina Governor". Asian Tribune. http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2010/06/12/nikki-haley-daughter-indian-sikh-immigrants-destine-be-south-carolina-governor. Retrieved on 2011-07-25.
- MANTA, http://www.manta.com/c/mmn2jpk/fcr-inc
- Hoovers.com, http://www.hoovers.com/companyindex/North_Carolina/Charlotte/Waste_Management_and_Remediation_Services-1.html
- "Nikki Haley in runoff for South Carolina Assembly Republican Primaries". Indian American Center for Political Awareness. 2004.
- "Representative Nikki Randhawa Haley". South Carolina General Assembly.
- "Representative Nikki Randhawa Haley Bio".Official site.
- The State,"Haley announces run for governor," May 15, 2009
- Nikki Haley official site, "About," retrieved July 6, 2009
- "Labor Complaint Against Boeing Opposed by Haslam," by Mike Morrow, Tennessee Report, June 19, 2011
- Associated Press, "Romney picks up SC gov's endorsement in GOP race," December 16, 2011
- South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary
- 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.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
- South Carolina Legislature,"Nikki Haley," June 19, 2009
Mark Sanford (R)
|Governor of South Carolina
| Succeeded by|
Todd Atwater (R)
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 87
| Succeeded by|
Todd Atwater (R)
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