The representation of women in government in the modern era of politics has caused great concern worldwide. While there are many women struggling to find their way in the male-dominated sphere, there are also some who have earned their breakthrough, and Nikki Haley happens to be one of them. Haley has become an outstanding figure in the great political sphere of the United States thanks to her outstanding work ethic and her unparalleled track record.
Nikki Haley is a brilliant Indian-American politician who is best known as the former Governor of South Carolina and current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She also served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Interestingly, she is the first female governor of South Carolina and the second Indian-American of Indian descent to serve as governor in the United States. Learn more about her below
Nikki Haley Bio
Nimrata Randhawa was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, on January 20, 1972, the daughter of an Indian-American family and raised by her parents Ajit Singh and his wife Raj Kaur Randhawa, who had immigrated to the United States from the Indian Punjab. Nikki, who faced a number of discriminations due to her skin color, growing up was not exactly rosy. At the age of 12, she started working in her mother’s clothing line called Exotica International. She completed her basic training at the Orangeburg Preparatory Schools in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1989 and received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Clemson University.
After graduation, Nikki joined waste management and recycling company called FCR Corporation, where she worked for several years. When she left FCR Corporation, she returned to run her family’s fashion business. As Chief Financial Officer, Nikki helped grow the company to a greater size. After her success in the company, she was appointed to the board of directors of the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce in 1998.
In 2003, Nikki joined the Board of Directors of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and in the same year became Treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). During her time there, she served as chairperson of the Lexington County Sheriff’s Sheriff’s Foundation, the Medical Foundation, and West Metro Republican Women. Later, in 2006, she served as president of the NAWBO’s South Carolina chapter and the Friends Leadership Scouting Campaign.
Her Political Career
Nikki Haley fought for the South Carolina House of Representatives for District 87 of Lexington County and defeated incumbent Congressman Larry Koon to win the post. After two years of successful representation, she continued in office for a second term in 2006 and a third term in 2008. In May 2009, she agreed to run for governor of South Carolina and received the support of the then-incumbent governor of South Carolina and his Republican co-candidate Mark Sanford and his wife Jenny Sanford, as well as the then Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.
In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Nikki triumphed over Democrat Vincent Sheheen to become Governor of South Carolina. She was the third foreigner after Douglas Wilder of Virginia and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana to be elected governor of a southern state. In November 2014 she was re-elected for a second term. Her term expires in January 2019, but she resigned in January 2017 to take up her new role as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
Nikki Haley’s Affairs and Trump
Haley was never a big fan of the POTUS Donald Trump. Before the 2016 election, she was seen as a potential vice-presidential candidate. Meanwhile, she supported Florida Senator Marco Rubio and after Rubio dropped out of the race, she handed over her mandate to Ted Cruz. When Trump became the Republican presidential candidate, Haley surprisingly denied her interest in the vice-presidential candidacy.
Although she was not a fan of Trump, Nikki said she would vote for him in the 2016 elections. In November 2016, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Haley for the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He sent Haley’s nomination to the U.S. Senate in January 2017, and it was confirmed on January 24, 2017. Upon confirmation, Nikki Haley resigned from her post as Governor of South Carolina and handed over the office to Vice Governor Henry McMaster.
In addition, there was initial speculation that President Trump would offer Haley the office of Secretary of State, but she declined the offer. Given her proven track record of political success in bringing people together regardless of background and her great work ethic, we will not be surprised that she will become Vice President of the United States in the near future.
Net Worth – How Much is Nikki Haley Worth?
Nikki Haley lives a decent lifestyle and has a net worth of $1.6 million. She currently receives an estimated salary of $179,600 in addition to many awards and recognitions for her outstanding achievements. Haley was honored with the 2005 Liberty Award and was included in Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in 2016, among others.
Parents, Husband, and Kids
As we have already mentioned, Haley was born to Indian-American parents. Her mother Raj Randhawa went to the University of Delhi where she studied law, while her father Ajit Randhawa was a former professor at the University of Agriculture in Punjab. His parents moved to Canada when her father received a scholarship to study at the University of British Columbia. Soon after receiving his doctorate, Raj moved with his family to Southern California, where Nikki was born and raised. Nikki has two brothers; Charan, who is a web designer, and Mitti, a former member of the US Army Chemical Corps. She also has a sister Simran who is a radio host.
Just like her political career, Nikki Haley is successful in her love life; she is a happily married woman and mother of two children. In September 1996 she married Michael Haley, an officer in the U.S. Army. Michael was born and raised in the United States. He attended the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he earned a degree in business administration. As an officer in the U.S. Navy, Haley served as a liaison between the military and civilian authorities. He currently serves as a federal military technician with the South Carolina Army National Guard.
The amazing couple is blessed with two children, a daughter named Rena Haley and a son named Nalin.