Nikki Haley

Governor of South Carolina

Bio: Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley was born on January 20, 1972. She is an American politician and the 116th and current Governor of South Carolina. A member of the Republican Party, Haley represented Lexington County in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2010. In 2010 Haley was endorsed for the Republican nomination by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. On June 8, 2010, she finished first in the four-way Republican primary election with 49% of the vote, but fell short of the 50% required to avoid a runoff election. Haley won the runoff on June 22 with 65%, and proceeded to win the general election by a 47% margin. Haley is the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina. At the age of 42, Haley is the youngest current governor in the United States.

Haley was endorsed for the Republican nomination by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. A governor is the state's highest-ranking elected official, but his or her actual duties are more varied than, say, an elected member of the state legislature, whose main role is to propose and vote on new legislation. A governor's responsibilities vary from state to state depending on the constitution within that state.

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