Nikki Haley

Born:January 20, 1972 (age 46)
Career:U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 2017-present
Governor of South Carolina, 2011-2017
South Carolina House of Representatives, 2004-2010
State:South Carolina
Party:Republican
Education:B.S., Clemson University
Website:https://usun.state.gov/

Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa Haley was confirmed as the 45th U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on January 24, 2017. Previously, Haley served as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, the first non-European-American and first female governor of South Carolina. She was the second Indian American governor to be elected in the United States.

Born January 20, 1972, in Bamberg, South Carolina, Haley began keeping books for her family's clothing store at age 13. After high school, she completed a bachelor of science degree in accounting at Clemson University. Following college, she worked for FCR, Inc., a company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, as accounting supervisor. Using her expertise, Haley returned to her family business and oversaw the company as it became a multi-million dollar operation.

Prior to her time as governor, Haley represented the 87th District in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2010. While serving in the House, she fought to cut wasteful spending, advocated for accountability and transparency in the government. She also served as secretary of the Medical, Military, and Public and Municipal Affairs committees. In 2005, Haley was elected chairman of the freshman caucus and was elected as majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly. She was the only freshman legislator named to a whip spot.

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