SC Governors – Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa Haley, 2011-2017

South Carolina SC History SC Governors Governor Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa Haley Also see: SC Government

Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa Haley

Portrait of Nimrata Born: January 20, 1972 in Bamberg, SC



Religion: Methodist; also attends Sikh services

Political Party: Republican

(Photo: Governor's Office)

Nikki Haley: Education

Nikki Haley: Occupations

  • At the age of 13, Nikki Haley began assisting with the bookkeeping at her mother's clothing store. After college, she returned to work with the family business.

  • In April 2024, Haley announced she would be joining the Hudson Institute, a conservative foreign policy think tank, as their Walter P. Stern chair.

1st Term Events, 2011-2015

  • Haley was the first female and first minority (her parents immigrated from India) elected governor of South Carolina.

  • In 2011, Haley pressed through the General Assembly and signed into law a bill requiring legislators to put their votes on the record so South Carolinians, for the first time, could see how their representatives voted.

  • In 2015, Haley signed legislation to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds.

2nd Term Events, 2015-2017

  • Haley signed into law ethics reforms which included income disclosure for public officials and independent investigations of ethics complaints against legislators.

  • On January 24, 2017, Nikki Haley resigned as governor of South Carolina after being confirmed that same day as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Nikki Haley: Other Government Positions

  • S.C. House, 2005-2011
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 2017-2018

Nikki Haley: Other Distinctions

  • Named as one of "The 100 Most Influential People" by Time magazine in 2016.

  • Haley was selected to deliver the GOP response following President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016.

  • Nikki Haley campaigned to be the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, withdrawing after Donald Trump had secured the needed number of electoral college votes to be the party's candidate.

Nikki Haley: Web Resources

Nikki Haley: Election Results

Democratic Primary – 1st term, June 8, 2010

Vincent Sheheen 111,637 votes 58.96%
Jim Rex 43,590 votes 23.02%
Robert Ford 34,121 votes 18.02%

Republican Primary – 1st term, June 8, 2010

Nikki Haley 206,326 votes 48.86%
Gresham Barrett 91,824 votes 21.75%
Henry McMaster 71,494 votes 16.93%
Andre Bauer 52,607 votes 12.46%

Republican Primary Run-off – 1st term, June 22, 2010

Nikki Haley 233,733 votes 65.05%
Gresham Barrett 125,601 votes 34.95%

General Election – 1st term, November 2, 2010

Nikki Haley (Republican) 690,525 votes 51.37%
Vincent Sheheen (Democratic) 630,534 votes 46.91%
Morgan Bruce Reeves
(Green/United Citizens)
20,114 votes 1.50%
Write-ins 3,025 votes .23%

Democratic and Republican Primaries – 2nd term, June 10, 2014

Democrat Vincent Sheheen and Republican Nikki Haley both ran unopposed as gubernatorial candidates for their respective parties.

General Election – 2nd term, November 4, 2014

Nikki Haley (Republican) 696,645 votes 55.90%
Vincent Sheheen (Democratic) 516,166 votes 41.42%
Steve French (Libertarian) 15,438 votes 1.24%
Tom Ervin (Petition) 11,496 votes .92%
Morgan Bruce Reeves (United Citizens) 5,622 votes .45%
Write-ins 934 votes .07%

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