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Nikki Haley Profile
Nikki Haley is an American diplomat and politician who was the 116th and first female Governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017. She was appointed by President Donald Trump as the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations and served from January 2017 through December 2018.
Nikki Haley Age
Nikki is 51 years old as of 2023, she was born on 20th January 1972 in Bamberg, South Carolina, United States of America. Furthermore, she celebrates her birthday on the 20th of January every year.
Nikki Haley Height
She stands at an average height of 5 feet 6 inches tall.
Nikki Haley Family
Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to immigrant Indian Punjabi Sikh parents 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 was known under her middle name, Nikki, a Punjabi name, from her earliest years. Haley’s parents moved to Canada after her father received a scholarship offer from the University of British Columbia.
When her father received his Ph.D. 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.
Nikki Haley Siblings
Haley has a 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.
Nikki Haley Husband and Children
In September 1996, Nikki Randhawa married Michael Haley; they celebrated with both Sikh and Methodist ceremonies. The couple has two children, a daughter Rena, and a son Nalin. Haley converted to Christianity in 1997. She and her husband regularly attend the United Methodist Church. She also attends Sikh services once or twice a year. Haley visited the Harmandir Sahib with her husband in 2014 during her visit to India.
During a Christianity Today interview, when asked whether or not she hopes her parents convert to Christianity, Haley responded, “What I hope is that my parents do what’s right for them.” Her husband is an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard. During her gubernatorial term, he was sent in January 2013 on a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. Haley and her family reside in Kiawah Island, South Carolina near the city of Charleston
Nikki Haley Presidential Election
Nikki Haley is also a candidate for President of the United States in the 2024 United States presidential election. While speaking at Christians United for Israel’s Washington summit in July 2022, Haley hinted at a run for president in the 2024 U.S. presidential election, saying, “If this president signs any sort of deal, I’ll make you a promise: The next president will shred it on her first day in office,” and, “Just saying, sometimes it takes a woman.
On February 1, 2023, it was reported that Haley was going to announce a bid for the presidency on February 15, making her the first challenger to former President Donald Trump’s campaign. Haley will be the third Indian-American politician to seek a presidential nomination following Bobby Jindal and current Vice President Kamala Harris. Haley had previously claimed that she would not run for the candidacy if Trump also sought the nomination.
Nikki Haley Career
Haley served as United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018. She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 96–4 vote and sworn in in January 2017. Haley affirmed the United States’ willingness to use military force in response to further North Korean missile tests in the wake of the 2017–2018 North Korea crisis. She defended U.S. interests, particularly U.S. support of Israel, at the Security Council, and led the effort to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
She voluntarily stepped down as Ambassador on December 31, 2018. First elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004, she served three terms. In 2010, during her third term, she was elected governor of South Carolina, and she won re-election in 2014. Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina, the youngest governor in the country, and the second governor of Indian descent (after fellow Republican Bobby Jindal of Louisiana). She was the first female governor of Asian American heritage. In 2017, Haley became the first Indian American member of a presidential cabinet.
Nikki Haley Political Career
In 2004, Haley ran for the South Carolina House of Representatives to represent District 87 in Lexington County. She challenged incumbent state representative Larry Koon in the Republican primary. He was the longest-serving legislator in the South Carolina Statehouse. Her platform included property tax relief and education reform. In the primary election, she forced a runoff as Koon did not win a majority, but 42% of the vote.
She placed second with 40% of the vote. In the runoff, she defeated him 55–45%. Moreover, she ran unopposed in the general election. Haley is the first Indian-American to hold office in South Carolina. Additionally, she was unopposed for re-election to a second term in 2006. In 2008, she won re-election to a third term, defeating Democrat Edgar Gomez 83–17%. Furthermore, Haley was elected chair of the freshman caucus in 2005 and majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly. She was the only freshman legislator named to a whip spot at the time.
Nikki Haley Fiscal policy
One of Haley’s stated goals was to lower taxes. When Mark Sanford was governor of South Carolina, Haley voted against a proposed cigarette surtax despite criticism that the revenue from the tax would have been used for smoking prevention programs and cancer research related to smoking. She voted for a bill that raised sales taxes from five cents per dollar to six cents per dollar.
The bill exempted sales tax on unprepared food such as canned goods. The same bill also exempts property tax on “owner-occupied residential property” except for the taxes due from what is still owed on the property. Haley has stated that, as a daughter of immigrants, she believes immigration laws should be enforced.
She voted in favor of a law that requires employers to be able to prove that newly hired employees are legal residents of the United States, and also requires all immigrants to carry documentation at all times proving that they are legally in the United States. Moreover, Haley signed an “Arizona-style” law cracking down on illegal immigration in June 2011.
The law is the subject of a lawsuit initiated by the United States Justice Department on numerous grounds, including claims the immigration law violates the Supremacy Clause. Rob Godfrey, a spokesman for Haley, said, “If the feds were doing their job, we wouldn’t have had to address illegal immigration reform at the state level. But, until they do, we’re going to keep fighting in South Carolina to be able to enforce our laws.”
Nikki Haley Abortion
Haley describes herself as pro-life and has supported legislation to restrict abortion. She has stated, “I’m not pro-life because the Republican Party tells me, I’m pro-life because all of us have had experiences of what it means to have one of these special little ones in our life.” In 2016, she re-signed a new state law that bans abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Haley has voted in favor of some bills relating to abortion that were tabled or rejected, including the Inclusion of Unborn Child/Fetus in Definition for Civil Suits Amendment, Prohibiting Employment Termination Due to Abortion Waiting Period amendment, and Exempting Cases of Rape from Abortion Waiting Period amendment. The latter would have allowed specific cases of women to not have to wait the mandatory 24 hours before having an abortion.
Nikki Haley United States Senate appointment
On December 17, 2012, Haley announced she would appoint Tim Scott to replace retiring Senator Jim DeMint, who had previously announced that he would retire from the Senate to become the president of the Heritage Foundation. Following his appointment, Scott became the first mixed U.S. senator from South Carolina. Moreover, news media reported that Scott, Representative Trey Gowdy, former South Carolina attorney general
Henry McMaster, former First Lady of South Carolina Jenny Sanford, and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton were on Haley’s shortlist to replace DeMint. Additionally, of choosing Scott, Haley said, “It is important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat, he earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat with the results he has shown.”
Nikki Haley Net Worth
Haley has an estimated annual net worth of $ 10 million to $ 15 million earned from her career as a Politician.
Nikki Haley Social Media Platforms
Haley is very active on her Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. She has 887.2k followers on Twitter, 698k followers on Instagram, and 708k followers on Facebook.