Nikki Haley Husband
Meet Nikki Haley husband Michael Haley! Nikki Haley is a prominent figure in politics and diplomacy, held the position of the 116th governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, followed by serving as the 29th United States ambassador to the United Nations from January 2017 to December 2018. Affiliated with the Republican Party, Haley made history as the first Indian American to be part of a presidential cabinet. Currently, she’s vying for the Republican Party’s nomination in the 2024 presidential primaries.
Michael Haley attended Hilton Head Prep School and is a University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate, holding a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He worked in the family business as a buyer and manager and later started his own finance business.
Haley worked for the clothing store founded by his mother-in-law, Raj Randhawa. His career took a different turn when he later became a full-time federal military technician with the South Carolina National Guard in 2006 –where he worked as a management analyst, state equal employment manager, strategic plans and training officer and human resource manager.
He completed his officer basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and his area of concentration at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
According to his bio, Michael Haley served with the South Carolina Army National Guard as a platoon leader, executive officer and commander of an area support medical company and is also a combat veteran having spent 11 months in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He assumed the roles of first gentleman of South Carolina when his wife, Nikki Randhawa Haley, was sworn in as the state’s 116th governor on January 12, 2011.
According to his social media, his initiatives for the state include the National Guard Youth Challenge program and other alternative schools, adoption awareness in SC, the Mansion Complex and Mansion Foundation, and the military.
Though Michael eventually graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the first couple met at the governor’s first weekend at Clemson University.
The Haleys were married in 1996. Michael Haley and Nikki performed wedding ceremonies in both a Methodist church and a Sikh gurdwara.
Together they are the parents of two children, daughter Rena and son, Nalin Haley.
Being in the political/public eye, the couple has also faced a number of scandals, including cheating allegations of Nikki Haley’s part. Michael’s wife was accused of having an affair when she was a state representative and was also accused of having a one night stand. Despite the allegations the couple has remained together.
You can find Michael Haley on Facebook here.
Nikki Haley Family and Education
Haley, originally named Nimarata Nikki Randhawa, was born in Bamberg County Hospital in Bamberg, South Carolina, to immigrant Sikh parents from Amritsar, Punjab, India. Her father, Ajit Singh Randhawa, was a professor at Punjab Agricultural University, while her mother, Raj Kaur Randhawa, obtained her law degree from the University of Delhi.
Her family immigrated to Canada in 1964 when her father received a scholarship offer from the University of British Columbia. After completing his PhD in 1969, they moved to South Carolina, where he became a biology professor at Voorhees College. Her mother pursued a career in education before opening a successful women’s clothing boutique, Exotica International, in West Columbia. Haley began assisting with the business at the age of 12. Later, in 1993, her family opened The Gentlemen’s Quarters, a male clothing store. Both businesses closed in 2008 when her mother retired.
Haley, who has two brothers and a sister, attended Orangeburg Preparatory Schools before graduating in 1989. She then earned a BS degree in accounting and finance from Clemson University in 1994. Throughout her life, she has been known by her middle name, Nikki, which translates to “little one” in Punjabi.
Nikki Haley Political Career
Haley began her professional journey by contributing to her family’s clothing business before taking on leadership roles in various organizations, including serving as treasurer and later president of the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2004, she entered the political arena by challenging a 30-year incumbent Republican lawmaker in the primary for the South Carolina State House and emerged victorious.
Once in the state legislature, Haley confronted entrenched political practices in Columbia, advocating for fiscal responsibility and transparency. She pushed for tax cuts and demanded greater accountability, even as she faced backlash from party leadership who sought to sideline her by removing her from committee assignments.
Undeterred, Haley sought higher office and successfully ran for Governor of South Carolina in 2010, making history as the youngest governor in the country and the first minority female governor in America. Her tenure as governor was marked by significant economic growth and reform. Under her leadership, South Carolina became known as the “Beast of the Southeast,” with record-low unemployment rates and billions of dollars in new investment pouring into the state. Haley’s administration prioritized ethics reform, increased government transparency, and expanded school choice through charter school legislation.
Haley’s leadership was tested during times of crisis, including the tragic racially motivated murders at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston and the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. In both instances, she demonstrated strength and unity, bringing South Carolinians together in the face of adversity.
Her accomplishments did not go unnoticed, as evidenced by her decisive reelection in 2014 and her recognition by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.
In 2016, President Donald Trump nominated Haley to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, where she continued to defend American interests, promote national security, and advocate for human rights. Her tenure in this role further elevated her profile on the national stage.
In February 2023, Haley announced her candidacy for President of the United States, positioning herself as a leading contender in the Republican primaries alongside former President Trump after the Iowa caucuses.
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