Governor Nikki Haley, South Carolina
Nikki Haley, one of the strongest fiscal conservatives in state
government, was first elected to represent the 87th District in
Lexington County in 2004. In 2008 Representative Haley was sent
back to the statehouse with 83 percent of the vote – the highest
percentage earned by any lawmaker facing a contested South Carolina
election that year. She won the Republican Party nomination for
governor of South Carolina on Tuesday, June 22, 2010.
Her time in Columbia has been marked by conservative leadership and
an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line. She has
fought wasteful spending at every turn, pushed for smaller, more
efficient government, and led the fight for the accountability and
transparency that before her arrival was sorely lacking in the
Born in Bamberg, S.C., the daughter of Indian immigrants, Nikki’s
first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store –
at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from Clemson University
with a B.S. degree in accounting and following her graduation
worked as Accounting Supervisor for the Charlotte, N.C. based
corporation FCR, Inc. and five of its subsidiaries. Nikki then went
back to the family business where she helped oversee its growth
into a multi-million dollar operation.
Nikki and her husband Michael live in Lexington with their two
children, Rena, 12, and Nalin, 8.