Nikki Haley

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Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley official Transition portrait.jpg
29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Assumed office
January 24, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Samantha Power
116th Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 24, 2017
Lieutenant
Preceded by Mark Sanford
Succeeded by Henry McMaster
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 87th district
In office
January 11, 2005 – January 11, 2011
Preceded by Larry Koon
Succeeded by Todd Atwater
Personal details
Born Nimrata Randhawa
January 20, 1972 (1972-01-20) (age 45)
Bamberg, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michael Haley
Children 2
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Education Clemson University (BS)
Website Government website

Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley (simply called Nikki Haley; born January 20, 1972)[1] is an American politician. She is the 29th and current United States Ambassador to the United Nations since January 24, 2017.

On January 12, 2011, she became the Governor of South Carolina. She is a member of the Republican Party. She is the first female governor of South Carolina. At the age of 42, she was the youngest governor in the United States, followed by another fellow Republican governor Bobby Jindal.

Early life[change | change source]

Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina. Her parents came from Punjab (India). Haley earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Clemson University.

Governor of South Carolina (2011–2017)[change | change source]

On May 14, 2009, Haley announced that she would run for the Republican nomination for Governor of South Carolina in 2010.[2]

The Republican gubernatorial primary took place on June 8, 2010, and Haley captured 49% of the vote, necessitating a runoff election on June 22.[3] Haley won handily in the runoff vote.[4] Haley was elected governor on November 2, 2010, over the Democratic candidate, Vincent Sheheen 51% to 47%.[5] On August 12, 2013, Haley announced she would seek a second term during a rally August 26, 2013, at the BI-LO Center in downtown Greenville.[6] Haley was re-elected on November 4, 2014, with a 55.9 percent to 41.3 percent win, almost tripling her previous margin of victory over Sheheen in 2010 gubernatorial elections.[7]

Haley supports lower taxes, opposes regulation and is extremely anti-union. In June 2015, following the Charleston church shooting, Haley led bi-partisan calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State Capitol and its grounds.[8] In July 2015, Haley signed a Bill to authorize removing the Confederate flag from the flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol.[9][10]

In April 2016, Haley indicated she would not support legislation introduced by the South Carolina State Senate which would require transgender individuals to use restrooms based on biological sex instead of gender identity.

Ambassador to the United Nations (since 2017)[change | change source]

On November 23, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Haley for Ambassador to the United Nations.[11] On January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump sent Haley's nomination to the Senate.[12] Haley was overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate 96-4 on January 24, 2017.

Personal life[change | change source]

In September 1996, she married Michael Haley, a South Carolina National Guard. They have two children: Rena and Nalin Haley.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Nikki Haley". Biography.com. http://www.biography.com/people/nikki-haley-20939217. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
  2. O'Conner, John (May 14, 2009). "Rep. Haley announces bid to become state's first female governor". The State. (Columbia, SC).
  3. Davenport, Jim (June 9, 2010). "Haley weathers tryst accusations in SC gov race". Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100615030150/http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SC_GOVERNOR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT. Also published on MSNBC.com as "Sordid S.C. governor's race heads to runoff"
  4. Davenport, Jim. "Haley’s S.C. win ensures spot on national stage". Boston Globe. Associated Press. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/37862339/ns/politics-decision_2010/t/haleys-sc-win-ensures-spot-national-stage/. Retrieved August 13, 2013. The State in Columbia, S.C. also published an earlier version, "Republicans tap Haley for gov, make history".
  5. Evans, Jason (November 2010). "Nikki Haley to be state's first female governor". The Pickens Sentinel. http://www.pickenssentinel.com/view/full_story/10145728/article-Nikki-Haley-to-be-state%E2%80%99s-first-female-governor-. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  6. Larson, Leslie (August 12, 2013). "South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will run for reelection, bringing in GOP heavyweights Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Tim Scott for formal announcement". Daily News (New York). http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/gov-nikki-haley-run-reelection-south-carolina-article-1.1424581. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  7. Nikki Haley's 14-point victory gives her mandate, experts say Greenville, Garnett Publications (November 5, 2014)
  8. "Nikki Haley, South Carolina Governor, Calls for Removal of Confederate Battle Flag". NY Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/us/south-carolina-confederate-flag-dylann-roof.html?_r=0.
  9. "South Carolina Confederate Flag Removal Bill - Video - C-SPAN.org". C-SPAN.org. http://www.c-span.org/video/?327026-1/south-carolina-confederate-flag-removal-bill-signing-ceremony.
  10. "South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Signs Confederate Flag Bill Into Law". NPR.org. 9 July 2015. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/07/09/421531368/south-carolina-gov-nikki-haley-to-sign-confederate-flag-bill-into-law.
  11. Costa, Robert (November 23, 2016). "Gov. Nikki Haley tapped to be Trump’s U.N. ambassador". The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sc-gov-nikki-haley-tapped-to-be-trumps-un-ambassador/2016/11/23/c1395cb6-b144-11e6-8616-52b15787add0_story.html. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  12. "Nominations Sent to the Senate" (in en). whitehouse.gov. 2017-01-20. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/20/nominations-sent-senate. Retrieved 2017-01-21.

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