Overview

Nikki HaleyOn January 24, 2017, the U.S. Senate confirmed South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

From William Scranton to Adlai Stevenson, there is a long history of former governors serving as U.S. Ambassador to the UN, proving that strong international cooperation and diplomacy help advance U.S. interests at home and abroad.

Nikki Haley starts a time when bipartisan leadership has ensured that the U.S. is fully meeting its financial obligations to the UN, bolstering America’s ability to influence the international agenda.

Nikki Haley begins her post just as António Guterres becomes the new UN Secretary-General. Both leaders have strong executive management experience to draw on, critical skills within the United Nations.


“If you think about what it takes to get something done at the UN, it requires building a broad political coalition. Governors have experience in doing that.”

– Peter Yeo, President of the Better World Campaign


About Ambassador Haley

(Source: National Governors Association)

Nikki Haley is the former Governor of South Carolina. Nikki Randhawa Haley was sworn in as governor of South Carolina on January 12, 2011, and was sworn in for her second term on January 14, 2015.

Haley was first elected in 2004 to the state House to represent the 87th District (Lexington County). Born in Bamberg, the daughter of Indian immigrants, she went on to graduate from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Haley and her husband Michael, a Captain in the Army National Guard and combat veteran who was deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington. The Haleys have two children, Rena and Nalin.

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