Nikki Haley Parents: Meet Ajit Singh Randhawa, Raj Kaur Randhawa
Nimrata Nikki Haley is an American diplomat and politician who served as the 116th and first female governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, and as the 29th United States ambassador to the United Nations for two years, from January 2017 to January 2019.
Haley was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, and earned an accounting degree from Clemson University.
She joined her family’s clothing business, before serving as treasurer and president of the National Association of Women Business Owners.
First elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004, she served three terms.
Haley was born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to immigrant Indian Punjabi Sikh parents at Bamberg County Hospital in Bamberg, South Carolina.
Her father, Ajit Singh Randhawa, and her mother, Raj Kaur Randhawa.
Raj Kaur Randhawa is the mother of Nikki Haley. Raj Kaur Randhawa immigrated to the United States from Amritsar District, Punjab, India.
Her mother, Raj Randhawa, earned a master’s degree in education and taught for seven years in the Bamberg public schools.
In 1976 she started a popular clothing boutique, Exotica International. It closed in 2008.
Who is Ajit Singh Randhawa,
Ajit Singh Randhawa is the father of Nikki Haley. Ajit was formerly a professor at Punjab Agricultural University.
Haley’s parents moved to Canada after her father received a scholarship offer from the University of British Columbia.
When her father received his Ph.D. in 1969, he moved his family to South Carolina, after accepting a position as a professor at Voorhees College, a historically black institution.