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Who is she?
She was born on January 20, 1972, in Bamberg South Carolina. Nikki received a Bachelor of Science degree at Clemson University in 1994. She is currently married and the mother of two children. Her parents are Indian immigrants and former business owners.

Nikki Haley was the first female Indian American to become the governor of South Carolina in 2011. She was the United Nations ambassador in 2017-18 for President Donald Trump’s administration. Haley has been a strong voice for the U.N. to impose stricter sanctions on North Korea. She has voiced concern over the Iran nuclear deal.

What does she do?
Haley became the president of the National Association of Women’s Business Owners in 2004. That same year, she was elected to the 87th district of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

In 2006, she served as majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly. During 2006, she was re-elected to her seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. On November 2, 2010, Haley was elected the governor of South Carolina through the tea party movement. She was sworn in on January 12, 2011.

On November 8, 2014, Haley was re-elected for a second four-year term as governor of South Carolina after a successful campaign during her first term through a booming state economy. She led the effort for the removal of the confederate flag after initially opposing it. A racist shooting in a Methodist church in Charleston, South Carolina caused this event to remove the flag.

Trump announced Haley as his selection for United States Ambassador to the United Nations, which was confirmed by the Senate with a landslide vote. She resigned as Governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017. The next day, she was sworn in as Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley resigned as Ambassador on October 9, 2018.

Why watch?
Nikki Haley has always been a strong voice for women’s rights in the workplace. Her lucrative political career has been remarkable. Rumors were everywhere that she might make a run on the Republican side as a rival against President Trump. Currently, this isn’t feasible in Haley’s viewpoint. There is no reason not to keep a focus on what she does after this election. It could be an interesting 2024 election if all goes well for the Republicans in this year’s event.

 

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