Nikki Haley Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the ...

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 7:11 PM
Updated: Jan 2, 2019 7:11 PM

Here's a look at the life of Nikki Haley, the former US ambassador to the United Nations.

Personal:
Birth date: January 20, 1972

Nikki Haley

Political Figures - US

North America

South Carolina

Southeastern United States

United States

Fast Facts

United Nations

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Governors

Donald Trump

Embassies and consulates

International relations

International relations and national security

State departments and diplomatic services

Continents and regions

Government departments and authorities

Government organizations - Intl

Heads of government

The Americas

US federal government

White House

Politics

Birth place: Bamberg, South Carolina

Birth name: Nimrata Nikki Randhawa

Father: Ajit S. Randhawa, professor and business owner

Mother: Raj Kaur Randhawa, teacher and business owner

Marriage: Michael Haley (1996-present)

Children: Rena and Nalin

Education: Clemson University, B.S., 1994

Religion: Christian

Other Facts:
Haley's parents are Indian immigrants who owned Exotica International Inc., a small foreign goods store that evolved into a multimillion-dollar clothing and gift venture. Exotica closed in 2008 when the Randhawas retired.

Haley helped with bookkeeping at her parents' business when she was a teenager.

Her husband served in the National Guard and was deployed in Afghanistan for a year. He was part of an agricultural team that trained Afghan farmers how to turn their poppy crops into food crops.

Haley was raised in the religion of Sikh but converted to Christianity in her 20s. In an interview with the New York Times, Haley said she and her husband, "chose Christianity because of the way we wanted to live our life and raise our children."

In 2011, she made history by being the first woman and the first person of an ethnic minority to hold the governorship of South Carolina. She is also the second Indian-American governor in US history. Bobby Jindal was the first, in Louisiana.

Timeline:
1998 - Is named to the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce's board of directors.

2003 - Is named to the Lexington Chamber of Commerce's board of directors.

2004 - Becomes the president of the National Association of Women Business Owners.

2004 - A Republican, Haley is elected to South Carolina House of Representatives' 87th District.

2005 - Is elected chairman of the State House's Freshman Caucus.

2006 - Serves as majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly.

2006 and 2008 - Is re-elected to her seat in the South Carolina state House of Representatives.

November 2, 2010 - Is elected governor of South Carolina, with the support of the Tea Party movement.

January 12, 2011 - Takes office as the governor of South Carolina.

April 2012 - Her autobiography, "Can't Is Not an Option: My American Story," is published.

November 8, 2014 - Is re-elected for a second four-year term as governor.

June 22, 2015 - Calls for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House grounds days after Dylann Roof opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Roof was repeatedly photographed with the Confederate flag. The flag is taken down weeks later.

January 12, 2016 - Gives the Republican party's response to US President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address.

November 23, 2016 - US President-elect Donald Trump announces Haley as his selection to serve as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

January 24, 2017 - The Senate confirms Haley as the next UN ambassador by a vote of 96-4.

January 24, 2017 - Resigns as governor of South Carolina.

January 25, 2017 - Is sworn in as US ambassador to the United Nations.

September 2017 - In an interview with Elise Labott published in STATE Magazine, Haley discusses her conditions for becoming US ambassador to the United Nations, including the condition that she be able to speak her mind.

December 10, 2017 - Haley comments that any women who speak up about inappropriate sexual behavior "should be heard," including Trump's accusers.

December 21, 2017 - In a speech in front of the UN General Assembly, Haley warns participating countries that the United States will think twice about funding the world body if it votes to condemn Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy there. Haley says the United States will put its embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the vote. Despite Haley's threat, member nations overwhelmingly vote in favor of the resolution condemning the Trump administration for its decision on Israel.

December 26, 2017 - Haley says the United States has negotiated a $285 million reduction of the UN budget for 2018-2019, compared to the budget for 2016-2017.

October 9, 2018 - Haley resigns her position as UN ambassador. She will leave her post by January 2019.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2527230

Reported Deaths: 56169
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings33439110849
Queens31559610296
Suffolk2398773609
Nassau2145703296
Bronx2078026754
New York1682394637
Westchester1437172340
Erie1065781950
Richmond890341936
Monroe845321188
Orange57620920
Rockland53178779
Onondaga52166762
Dutchess35671499
Albany30915390
Oneida28720589
Broome24552407
Niagara24076397
Saratoga20342201
Ulster17300280
Schenectady16779228
Rensselaer14839167
Putnam1250998
Chautauqua12449175
Oswego11708113
Chemung10966156
St. Lawrence10598127
Steuben10185173
Ontario9378110
Jefferson892476
Cayuga8674107
Sullivan849883
Wayne820284
Cattaraugus7752115
Genesee7038132
Herkimer6831128
Clinton675040
Tompkins652659
Fulton6365104
Madison6220102
Montgomery5993141
Livingston575571
Warren550184
Cortland535780
Tioga513072
Columbia5025111
Chenango470686
Allegany464197
Washington464167
Otsego459255
Wyoming440758
Greene440186
Orleans435587
Franklin430021
Lewis362138
Delaware357448
Seneca274663
Essex232731
Schoharie230121
Yates165728
Schuyler154417
Hamilton4383
Unassigned15130
Out of NY0318
Utica
Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 50°
Oneonta
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 44°
Herkimer
Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 50°
Old Forge
Mostly Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 50°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Game Day Deals - New Deals Each Week
Chapter Aesthetic October Giveaway
Cool To Be Kind 2021
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve