First female governor of South Carolina, first Sikh governor in the U.S., first female Indian American to be elected governor in the U.S.
"Nimrata "Nikki" Haley is the 29th and current 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 fellow Republican Bobby Jindal, to serve as a governor in the United States.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Republican nominee Mitt Romney considered Haley as a potential vice presidential running mate, though Haley said that she would turn down any offer due to her position as governor. She delivered the official Republican response to President Barack Obama's 2016 State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016. On November 23, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump nominated Haley for the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, which Haley accepted. Haley was confirmed by the Senate in a 96–4 vote and was subsequently sworn in on January 25, 2017. In 2016, Haley was named among "The 100 Most Influential People" by Time magazine.
As Ambassador to the United Nations, she has affirmed the United States's willingness to use military force in response to further North Korea missile tests in the wake of the 2017 North Korea crisis. Haley's tenure as Ambassador has been noted for its high degree of visibility, unusual for an Ambassador to the United Nations, with some outlets speculating on Haley as a potential future Secretary of State or President of the United States…
After graduating from Clemson University, Haley worked for FCR Corporation, a waste management and recycling company, before joining her family's business, an upscale clothing firm. She later became Exotica International's controller and chief financial officer…
Haley became treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners in 2003 and president in 2004… She also served on the Lexington Medical Foundation, Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation, and West Metro Republican Women. She was the president of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and was chair for the 2006 Friends of Scouting Leadership Division campaign.
Haley has stated that, as a daughter of immigrants, she believes the immigration laws should be enforced. She voted in favor of a law that requires employers to be able to prove that newly hired employees are legal residents of the United States, and also requires all immigrants to carry documentation at all times proving that they are legally in the United States. Haley signed an "Arizona-style" law cracking down on illegal immigration in June 2011…
Haley describes herself as pro-life and has supported legislation to restrict abortion rights. She has stated "I'm not pro-life because the Republican Party tells me, I’m pro-life because all of us have had experiences of what it means to have one of these special little ones in our life." Haley has consistently supported bills that give rights to a fetus and restrict abortion, except when the mother's life is at risk.
Before June 2015, Haley supported flying the Confederate flag on the statehouse grounds… On June 22, Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. She stated: "These grounds [the State Capital] are a place that everybody should feel a part of. What I realized now more than ever is people were driving by and felt hurt and pain. No one should feel pain." Haley also said, "There is a place for that flag," but she added, "It's not in a place that represents all people in South Carolina."
In April 2016, Haley indicated she would not support legislation introduced by the South Carolina State Senate which would require transgender individuals to use restrooms based on biological sex instead of gender identity. Haley stated: “These are not instances... Y’all haven’t reported on anything. I haven’t heard anything that’s come to my office. So when I look at South Carolina, we look at our situations, we’re not hearing of anybody’s religious liberties that are being violated, and we’re, again, not hearing any citizens that feel like they are being violated in terms of freedoms.”
Haley has been described by South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham as a "strong supporter of the State of Israel". As Governor of South Carolina, she signed into law a bill to stop efforts of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This legislation was the first of its kind on a statewide level. Haley also stated that "nowhere has the UN’s failure been more consistent and more outrageous than in its bias against our close ally Israel".
Haley supports Voter ID laws, laws requiring photo identification at the polls.
On March 15, 2017, Haley said she would not support a Muslim ban should President Trump choose to enact one. Haley said she did not believe "we should ever ban anyone based on their religion" and that a Muslim ban would be "un-American".
On March 30, 2017, Haley stated that the U.S. would no longer focus on forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to leave power. This was a policy shift from former president Barack Obama’s initial stance on Assad.
In May 2017 interview, Haley expressed interest in moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem." (1)
*WndrWmn disagrees with many of Haley’s political opinions and actions, and debated including her on the site because of them. Ultimately, we felt it was important to include women we disagree with in order to try and reduce the biases we have and their effect on the site. Personally, we find Haley’s views on abortion to be particularly anti-woman, but know that feminism cannot create change if we decide what positions feminist can and cannot hold. Haley is an accomplished politician, and we’re celebrating her successes here, and hoping that, like all other politicians on this site, her opinions and actions inspire nuanced conversation instead of division. Disagree with us? Let us know.