Michael Haley (South Carolina)

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Michael Haley is an officer in the South Carolina National Guard and husband of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Personal life[edit]

The Haleys met 1989 as undergraduates at Clemson University[1] While Nikki Haley is a Clemson graduate, Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in business administration.[2][3] Michael Haley is a graduate of Hilton Head Preparatory School.[4]

Michael and Nikki Haley were married in 1996 in two ceremonies, a Sikh ceremony, and a ceremony at St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, the Methodist church in Hilton Head, where Mr. Haley’s parents, Carole and Bill, have lived since retiring from jobs in Cleveland, Ohio when Michael was in the ninth grade.[4] [5][6] Before retiring to Hilton Head, Bill Haley was director of a steel manufacturing plant and Carole Haley taught school.[6]

Haley worked in Exotica International, the clothing store founded by his mother-in-law, Raj Randhawa, before becoming a full-time federal military technician with the South Carolina National Guard in 2006.[3][2][7]

Military service[edit]

In January 2012 Haley shipped out for a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan as a First Lieutenant in the South Carolina National Guard.[3] The unit served in Helmand Province as an Agribusiness Development Team helping Afghan farmers improve farming techniques and develop cash crops to replace opium poppies.[8] He is thought to have been the first spouse of a Governor to serve on active duty in a war zone.[3][9]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Jennings, Natalie (10 January 2013). "Nikki Haley's husband departs for Afghan mission". Washington Post. AP. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wilkinson, Jeff (30 July 2012). "First gentleman Michael Haley to serve with Guard in Afghanistan". Spartanburg Herald - Journal. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lauderdale, /david (23 April 2013). "Governor mixes business, pleasure at Heritage". The Island Packet. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  5. Dewan, Shaila (13 June 2010). "All Her Life, Nikki Haley Was the Different One". New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dawsey, Josh (19 June 2010). "Nikki Haley's Hilton Head in-laws have been helping since campaign's onset". McClatchy - Tribune Business News. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. "Haley's Comet". The Economist. 16 January 2016. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. Schafer, Susanne (10 January 2013). "S.C. Gov. Haley's husband deploys with Guard". Army Times. AP. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. Singh, Simran (12 November 2010). "We live the American Dream". India Abroad. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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