“… my parents loved that when they came to America, if you worked hard, the only things that could stop you were the limits you placed on yourself.”1 – Nikki Haley, first woman governor of South Carolina
Nimrata Kaur Randhawa Haley was elected the 116th Governor of South Carolina in November of 2010. Gov. Haley is notable for several reasons. She is the first female governor of South Carolina as well as the second Indian-American governor in the country. She is also the youngest current governor in the United States.
Nikki Haley was born in Bamberg, SC to a Sikh family. Haley is a graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in accounting, and following school she worked for FCR Corporation, which is a waste management and recycling company. She then went on to work for her mother’s upscale clothing firm, Exotica International.
Haley is a republican politician who began her political career by running for SC House of Representatives for a district in Lexington County in 2004. Upon winning this election, she became the first Indian-American to hold office in SC. In 2009, she announced that she would be running for governor of SC, and she won the position over the democratic candidate, Vincent Sheheen. Haley supports highly conservative political positions such as fiscal conservatism, pro-life, lower taxes, and strictly enforced immigration policies.