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Nikki Nimrata Kaur Randhawa



Father Dr. Ajit and mother Raj Randhawa, are Sikh immigrants from Amritsar, India

On September 6, 1996, she married Michael Haley who is a federal employee with the United States Department of the Army and an officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard.

Gov.-elect Nikki Haley today announced the appointment of Catherine Templeton to be the next Director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR). Mrs. Templeton, who lives in Mount Pleasant, is an attorney at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart, P.C., where she has worked since 2000.


  • As America votes, Nikki Haley poised to win South Carolina -Washington, Nov 2, 2010- A daughter of Sikh immigrant parents from Amritsar, Nikki Haley appeared poised to win the governor's race in South Carolina as Americans started ......Read
  • Indian-American candidate releases 4,000 e-mails to debunk affair slur : Indian-American Republican Nikki Haley, considered a front-runner in the South Carolina governor's race... Read

  • Washington, July 17, 2010: Nikki Haley on Newsweek cover :With the rise of 'desi power', as people of Indian origin call themselves, a record number of Indian Americans are running for public office this year... Read

  • Washington, July 6, 2010: More Indian Americans contesting polls this year : With the rise of 'desi power', as people of Indian origin call themselves, a record number of Indian Americans are running for public office this year... .Read

  • Washington, June 23, 2010: Nikki Haley wins South Carolina runoff after drama-filled race : Indian American lawmaker Nikki Haley made history as South Carolina Republicans made her their first female gubernatorial nominee, handing her an easy victory in her primary runoff race against US representative Gresham Barrett.........Read

  • Washington, June 17, 2010: Republicans split over backing Nikki Haley : While national Republicans are busy advancing Indian American lawmaker Nikki Haley's bid for governor of South Carolina, much of the state party establishment seems to be working furiously to torpedo her chances in the June 22 runoff.....Read
  • Washington, June 9, 2010: Nikki Haley forced into runoff in South Carolina primary : Overcoming accusations of marital infidelity, Indian American lawmaker Nikki Haley just missed the 50-percent threshold in a four-way primary...Read
  • New York, June 6, 2010: Indian-American Haley is racially attacked : Indian-American Nikki Haley, who is contesting governorship in South Carolina, was attacked racially by a state lawmaker who called her a "raghead", media ....Read
  • Washington, May 26, 2010: Indian American Nikki Haley bounces back in governor's race: Hit hard by a prominent Republican blogger's allegation that he had an "inappropriate physical relationship" with Nikki (Randhawa) Haley....Read
  • South Carolina, Nov. 03, 2004: Nikki Randhawa, a Republican from District 87, will become the first Indian American to hold elected office in South Carolina......Read


  • Washington June 10, 2004: Nikki Randhawa, NRI, Sikh Busimess woman won the run-off election to the South Carolina State Assembly.

Nikki Randhawa Haley, 32-year-old Sikh woman has won the run-off election to the South Carolina State Assembly, 87th District defeating Larry Koon, American member of 30 years. Nikki Randhawa Haley will be the first Sikh and fifth Indian American to enter a US state legislature. Nikki Randhawa got 54.69 per cent votes (2,928 votes), while Koon got 45.31 per cent (2426 votes)

Haley ran for the election after Koon said he would not contest again. But later he changed his mind and returned to the fray. He said that the state''s budget problem was the reason for his change of heart. In the election held on June 8 Koon got 2,354 votes (42.27 per cent) while Haley got 2,247 votes (40.35 per cent). A third candidate, David Perry, an insurance broker, got 968 votes, (17.38 per cent). Since nobody got more than 50 per cent, a runoff was necessitated. There is no Democratic candidate and Haley automatically becomes the assemblywoman. After the election in June 8, Haley said she was sure of victory at the runoff in June 22. As a Sikh, there were questions about her faith. "But everybody knows us. She is born and brought up here only. Her husband is an American. Their two children go to the church as well as the temple. We explained these to the sceptics," Ajit Randhawa, her father said. Haley promises to be a spokesperson for the Indian Americans, women, and the business community. The 87th district is a very southern district in the southern state of South Carolina. People are mostly conservative and 98 per cent of the voters are Republican. She said she is Republican because it supports business and stands for many of the ideals she cherishes. She is pro-life also. "Does it matter for the Indian community whether the candidate is Republican or Democrat? What we need is people in political office. Party affiliation is irrelevant for us at this time," she said earlier. The district has 22,000 voters and the number of Indians is very few.



Nikki Randhawa Haley elected governor




Nikki Randhawa Haley elected first female governor in South Carolina


Nikki Nimrata Kaur Randhawa-Haley was born on January 20, 1972 at Bamberg, South Carolina. She was elected governor on November 2nd, 2010 over the Democratic candidate, Vincent Sheheen 51% to 47%. She is first female governor of South Carolina and the second Indian American governor in the country, after Louisiana 's Bobby Jindal..... more