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Nikki Haley
Jauary 20, 1972
Nikki Haley Gov.png
116th Governor of South Carolina
Assumed office
January 12, 2011
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives for District 87
In office
January 3, 2005 – November 8, 2010
Preceded by Mark Sanford
Succeeded by TBD
Political party Republican
Profession Politician
Website Office of the Governor of South Carolina
Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa Haley, (b. January 20, 1972 in Bamberg, South Carolina), is the Republican Governor of South Carolina and a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 87, Lexington County. She served on the Education and Public Works Committee.

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.[1] She announced her bid for governor on May 14, 2009.[2]


Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, on January 20, 1972. Currently, Haley resides in Lexington County, South Carolina. She is married to William Michael Haley with whom she has two children: Rena and Nalin.[3]



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.[4]


2010 Gubernatorial

See also: South Carolina gubernatorial election, 2010

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 [5]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Nikki R. Haley (R) 51.4%
Vincent Sheheen (D) 47.1%
Total votes 1,291,530

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 [6]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Nikki R. Haley (R) 65.1%
Gresham Barrett (R) 34.9%
Total votes 359,334

Haley's gubernatorial aspirations was the beneficiary of a number of serendipitous boosts. Just weeks before the primary, former Alaska Governor 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 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.[7][8]

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.[9][10]

Haley ended up trouncing her three rivals, nearly gaining a majority of Republican votes cast.

2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary [11]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Nikki R. Haley (R) 48.9% [12]
Gresham Barrett (R) 21.8%
Henry McMaster (R) 16.9%
Andre Bauer (R) 12.5%
Total votes 422,251


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.[13]

Haley raised $170,815 for her campaign, while Gomez raised $2,600.[14]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 87 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nikki Haley (R) 17,043
Edgar Gomez (D) 3,446


Haley ran unopposed and was automatically elected for a second term.[15] In 2006, Speaker Bobby Harrell appointed Rep. Haley as House Republican Whip. In 2006 she served on the House Labor, Commerce & Industry Committee.[16]


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.[17] 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.[18]

Campaign donors


Haley raised $170,815 in the 2008 election cycle.

Her major contributors are listed below.[19]

Donor Amount
House Republican Caucus of South Carolina $4,636
South Carolina Trucking Association $2,000
Takeda Pharmaceuticals $2,000
John Roof $2,000
Lexington County Republican Party $2,000
SCANA Corp $2,000


Contact information

Physical address:
320D Blatt Bldg.
Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 47
Lexington, SC 29071

Phone: 803-734-2970

See also

External links

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  1. Live Punjab,"Indian Sikh woman in race for South Carolina governorship," June 24, 2009
  2. Herald Online, "Rep. Haley announces bid to become state's first female governor", May 14, 2009
  3. The State,"Haley announces run for governor," May 15, 2009
  4. Nikki Haley official site, "About," retrieved July 6, 2009
  5. South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary
  6. South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican Runoff
  7. RedState, "Nice Guys Only Finish Last If We Let Them," December 7, 2009
  8. The State, "Haley gets endorsement," December 7, 2009
  9. The Sun News Jenny Sanford backs Haley to succeed her husband, November 12, 2009
  10. Nikki Haley official website, "First Lady Jenny Sanford Endorses Our Campaign," November 12, 2009
  11. South Carolina State Election Commission - 2010 Republican and Democratic Primary
  12. 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.
  13. Lexington County,"2008 Election Results," retrieved July 12, 2009
  14. Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
  15. Asian-American Politics," retrieved July 12, 2009
  16. Home Builders Association of South Carolina, "Columbia HBA Recognizes Representative Nikki Haley with Champion of Housing Award," retrieved July 12, 2009
  17. Free Times,"Haley’s Star Rising," October 22, 2008
  18. NRI, "Nikki Randhawa, NRI, Sikh Busimess woman won the run-off election to the South Carolina State Assembly," June 10, 2004
  19. Campaign contributors to Nikki Haley
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 South Carolina Legislature,"Nikki Haley," June 19, 2009
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Sanford (R)
South Carolina Governor
Succeeded by
Todd Atwater (R)
Preceded by
South Carolina House of Representatives District 87
Succeeded by
Todd Atwater (R)