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Nikki Haley
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29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
In office
January 24, 2017 – December 31, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Samantha Power
Succeeded by Jonathan Cohen (Acting)
Heather Nauert (Nominee)
116th Governor of South Carolina
In office
January 12, 2011 – January 24, 2017
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
Nimrata Randhawa

(1972-01-20) January 20, 1972 (age 50)
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)

Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley (simply called Nikki Haley; born January 20, 1972) is an American politician. She was the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations since January 24, 2017. She resigned on October 9, 2018 and effectively left the office on December 31, 2018.

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

Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to a Punjabi Sikh family at Bamberg County Hospital in Bamberg, South Carolina. Her father, Ajit Singh Randhawa, and her mother, Raj Kaur Randhawa, immigrated to the United States from Amritsar District, Punjab, India. Her father was formerly a professor at Punjab Agricultural University, and her mother received her law degree from the University of Delhi.

Haley's parents moved to Canada after her father received a scholarship offer from the University of British Columbia. When her father received his PhD degree in 1969, he moved his family to South Carolina, after accepting a position as a professor at Voorhees College, a historically black institution.

Her mother, Raj Randhawa, earned a master's degree in education and taught for seven years in the Bamberg public schools. In 1976 she started a popular clothing boutique, Exotica International. It closed in 2008.

Haley has one sister and two brothers. Her sister, Simran, born in Canada, became a radio host and Fashion Institute of Technology alumna. Her brother Mitti retired as a member of the United States Army Chemical Corps having served in Desert Storm; her second brother, Charan, is a web designer.

At the age of 12, Haley began helping with the bookkeeping in her mother's ladies' clothing shop, Exotica International. In 1989, she graduated from the private Orangeburg Preparatory Schools.

She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in accounting.

Governor of South Carolina (2011–2017)

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

The Republican gubernatorial primary took place on June 8, 2010, and Haley captured 49% of the vote, necessitating a runoff election on June 22. Haley won handily in the runoff vote. Haley was elected governor on November 2, 2010, over the Democratic candidate, Vincent Sheheen 51% to 47%. 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. 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.

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. In July 2015, Haley signed a Bill to authorize removing the Confederate flag from the flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol.

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 (2017–2018)

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

Her tenure focused on harsh responses to the Bashar al-Assad regime and sanctions against North Korea as tensions grew between Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Haley resigned on October 9, 2018 after multiple U.N. watchdogs called for an investigation over her many private jet plane travels. She left the office on December 31, 2018.

Personal life

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

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