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Who is Nikki Haley? - here are 7 things you should know

By Michael Klugey
Who is Nikki Haley? - here are 7 things you should know
Who is Nikki Haley? - here are 7 things you should know

Nikki Haley is an American politician who served as the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations. 

She served as the 116th Governor of South Carolina and is a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina, and the second Indian-American, after Bobby Jindal, to serve as a governor in the United States.

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Here are 7 facts you didn't know about Nikki Haley

1. Nikki Haley, born Nimrata Randhawa to Indian immigrant parents, was raised as a Sikh in Bamberg, South Carolina, later converting to Christianity

2. Her first job as a 13-year-old was bookkeeping for her family's clothing store

3. In 2010, she became South Carolina's first female and first minority governor - and the youngest governor in the country. She was re-elected to the post in 2014, serving until she joined the Trump cabinet in 2016

4. Mrs. Haley gained national prominence for her response to a mass shooting in June 2015 at a predominantly African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina when she removed the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds, receiving praise from both sides of the aisle

5. Before becoming the US envoy, Mrs. Haley had little foreign policy experience, though she did travel abroad as governor to broker economic deals for South Carolina

6.  While she eventually did back Mr. Trump, she did not endorse him during the 2016 presidential campaign, instead of backing Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

7.  Mrs. Haley is married to Army National Guard Captain Michael Haley, and the couple have two teenage children.

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