Nikki Randhawa Haley is the 116th and current governor of South Carolina, and is considered to be a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
Nikki Haley is tough and refuses to back down from a fight, especially one against the federal government. Even people who hate Haley to the point where they're hostile concede that she's a "tough ol' girl." 
Early Life Edit
Nimrata "Nikki" Randhawa was born on January 20, 1972 in the small town of Bamberg, South Carolina to Dr. Ajit Singh Randhawa Raj Kuar Randhawa, two Sikh immigrants from India who traveled to South Carolina with no more than two dollars in their pockets. Mr. and Mrs. Randhawa soon started a business in their living room, and after thirty years of hard work, it would become a multimillion dollar company.
She and her three siblings attended Orangeburg Preparatory School as the only Indian family in their almost-entirely white southern town.  After succeeding there, earned a B.S. in Accounting from Clemson University. Following her graduation, Haley was hired by FCR Corporation, which was a waste management and recycling company, though her opponents would later on claim that she doesn't care about the environment.  In 1994, she joined her mother's clothing firm, Exotica International, the same one her parents started form their living room. Over the next five years, Haley would go on to serve on the board of directors for the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce and Lexington Chamber of Commerce and also as treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners, which she would become president of in 2004. During her time there, she chaired the Lexington Gala, which raised funds for the local hospital, as well as served on the Lexington Medical Foundation, Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation, West Metro Republican Women, the Rotary Club, as as chair of the 2006 Friends of Scouting Leadership Division.
Political Career Edit
SC House Edit
In addition to her service for various foundations and projects, Haley was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004 from the 87th district, defeating the longest serving state legislator as a virtually unknown candidate in the Republican primary. She was reelected in 2006 and again in 2008. In the State House, she served as secretary of the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs committees. She also was elected chairman of the freshman caucus in 2005 and elected as majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly. She was the only freshman legislator named to a whip spot.
2010 Campaign for Governor EditDuring the 2010 Republican primary for governor, which Haley entered as the underdog, she faced vicious and false attacks from her opponents regarding race and sex. Her fellow Republican supporters of her primary opponent, Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, State Senator Jake Knotts, consistently referred to Haley as "raghead," due to her Sikh heritage. This disgusting attack only strengthened Haley's campaign, and she began rising in the polls. Only when Haley was becoming a serious contendor for the governor's mansion did former press secretary for outgoing governor Mark Sandford, Will Folks, make the absurd and false claim that he had an extramarital affair with her. Haley dared Folks repeatedly to come up with some sort of proof or evidence, and he has failed to do so to this day. She even said that if at any point in her governorship the rumor was to be validated, she would resign. Haley has said that the lies her opponents tried to stop her with only motivated her to fight harder for South Carolina. Despite the fact that her primary opponents were endorsed by notable Republicans such as John McCain, Mike Huckabee, and Rudy Giuliani, she went on to win not only the Republican nomination but the general election over Democrat Vincent Shaheen 51% to 47%.
Since before taking office after the 2010 election, Haley was a national star, especially amongst the Tea Party Movement. Many considered her to be a potential running mate for Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for the 2012 Presidential Election against incumbent Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden. She made it clear to the public, however, that if she was asked to be Romney's vice president, she'd say "Thank you, but no."  Instead, she focused on her job as governor of South Carolina, where she has fought for smaller, more transparent government. In 2011, the airplane manufacture company, Boeing, wished to open a plant in the union-free state of South Carolina to build its new 787 Dreamliner, which would bring $1 billion dollars and hundreds of jobs to the state. Unfortunately, in a move to protect the unions in the state of Washington, where the plant would have otherwise been built, President Obama ordered the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to sue Boeing and do everything they could to stop them from building that plant and creating those jobs. Governor Haley courageously fought ont he side of Boeing, jobs, and her state, relentless calling the White House to speak with Obama, who never once returned her calls. Luckily for the hundreds of South Carolinians whose jobs were at stake, Haley and Boeing won. Later, the governor personally visited the plant and watched as the first plane they built took off from the runway, noting the joy and pride on the employees' faces. She recalled the experience during her primetime speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention. When U.S. Senator Jim DeMint resigned from his position on December 6, 2012, it was Governor Haley's responsibility to appoint his successor. From a long list of Republicans, she selected popular Tea Party congressman Tim Scott, noting his backbone and strong conservative principles.  While she was making the decision, comedian and South Carolina native Stephen Colbert joked that he should be appointed, and even got his fans to tweet Haley and ask her to choose him. Jokingly, Haley responded to Colbert with a formal rejection, noting the time he failed to state South Carolina's state drink when she went on his Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report, for an interview.
In the early months of 2013, because there was no longer any practical way to repeal Obamacare in the next four years due to Obama's reelection as president and the Supreme Court's terrible decision upholding the law, Republican governors split over whether they would resentfully embrace the policy in their state and implement it or would continue to fight it as long as they could. Haley, along with Texas governor Rick Perry and other notable GOP governors, refuses to give up.
Vincent Shaheen, the Democrat who faced Haley in the 2010 gubernatorial race and become infamous for chronic lying, announced that he would run to defeat the governor in 2014, but Haley ultimately triumphed in their rematch.
2016 Speculation Edit
Because Mitt Romney failed to win the presidency, the Republican Party will have a hotly contested primary season for the nomination to seek the presidency in 2016. Because of Haley's success at battling the Obama administration, her unwavering conservative values, and her adoration in the Tea Party, she is considered to be a possible frontrunner for the primary.
Political Positions and Stances Edit
- Her pro life views are partially inspired by the fact that someone saved her husband's life.
- All life is blessed by God. 
American Culture and Values Edit
- It is wrong to remove religion from public school discourse.
- Conservative government is not necessarily Republican government.
- Supports Right to Work laws
- South Carolina is one of the least unionized states 
- The 2009 stimulus created new costs, and the funds came with too many strings attached.
- The government doesn't have a prior claim to the people's money.
- Cut, cap, and balance.
- We should reduce the tax burden every single year.
- About 29 out of 32 taxes created little revenue, but rather more bureaucracy.
- Invest in and expand charter schools
- All children deserve a quality education 
Energy and Oil Edit
- Never raise taxes on gas. 
Foreign Policy Edit
- Businesses from all over the world want to come to South Carolina.
Global Warming and Environment Edit
- Re-open Yucca Mountain.
Government Roles Edit
- Establish term limits.
- Fought for roll-call voting in SC House
- Voter ID is necessary.
Health Care Edit
- Enforce anti-illegal immigration policies.
- Immigration is not a racial issue.
- States must work where the Feds won't. 
National Security Edit
- Americans are a patriotic people.
Same Sex Marriage Edit
- Marriage is between a man and a woman 
Second Amendment Rights Edit
- The Constitution grants an absolute right to bear arms 
- Elected governor of South Carolina
- Second Indian-American governor in the United States
- Endorsed by Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin when running for governor
- First female governor of South Carolina
- Youngest person currently serving as governor in the United States
"My parents started a business out of the living room of our home and, 30-plus years later, it was a multimillion dollar company. So, President Obama, with all due respect, don't tell me that my parents didn't build their business."
"We got loud, we got clear, and we said 'our government works for us, we don't work for them.'"
"As I said, my parents loved that when they came to America, if you worked hard, the only things that could stop you were the limits you placed on yourself."
"Contraception doesn't define a woman."
"For a bill to become law, it truly has to be the will of the people, and for a president to stop the will of the people and stop what you're trying to do in your state is not the role of Washington."