Nikki Randhawa Haley was elected the 116th Governor of South Carolina on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.
Since taking office, Governor Haley has focused on creating jobs and improving the business climate in South Carolina. Other states now look to South Carolina as an example for how to recruit new businesses while taking care of the businesses they already have. From the start of her administration, Governor Haley has been proud to announce over 37,000 new jobs created and over $9.1 billion invested in South Carolina.
Born in Bamberg, S.C., the daughter of Indian immigrants, Governor Haley's first job was keeping the books for her family's clothing store - at the age of 13. She graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and, following her graduation, worked as Accounting Supervisor for a private company and five of its subsidiaries. She then returned to the family business and helped oversee its growth into a multi-million dollar operation.
Governor Haley and her husband Michael, a full time federal technician with the South Carolina National Guard and an officer in the Army National Guard, attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington.