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Michael Haley

First Gentleman of South Carolina

Michael Haley became the first gentleman of South Carolina when his wife, Nikki Randhawa Haley, was sworn in as the state's 116th governor on January 12, 2011.

Mr. Haley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He completed his officer basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and his area of concentration at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

The first gentleman is a combat veteran having spent 11 months in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He previously served with the South Carolina Army National Guard as a platoon leader, executive officer and commander of an area support medical company. As a military technician, he worked as a management analyst, state equal employment manager, strategic plans and training officer and human resource manager.

Prior to his military career, he worked in the family business as a buyer and manager and later started his own finance business. Michael announced a transition back into the private sector in the summer of 2015. Although Michael will no longer be working for the Department of Defense day to day, he is not leaving the Guard. He will continue to serve proudly alongside our men and women in uniform as a member of the reserves - and remains committed to his state and country.

The first gentleman's initiatives include overseeing the Governor's Mansion Commission and Foundation, actively participating with Youth Challenge and supporting other at-risk youth programs and advocating for South Carolina's foster care and adoption services.  He currently sits on the board of the American Red Cross, the South Carolina Military Museum Foundation, and is the Chairman of the First Spouses program in the BE SAFE AMERICA preparedness campaign.

The Haley's have two children, daughter Rena, 17, and son Nalin, 14. The first gentleman is an avid sports participant and outdoorsman.

Rena and Nalin

Rena is 17 years old and is in the 12th grade.  She enjoys being a varsity cheerleader and spending time with family and friends.

Nalin is 14 years old and is in the 8th grade.  He is an avid basketball player and also enjoys time with family and friends.

Family Pets

Nalin cares for two red bellied frogs, LeBron and Dwyane.

Rena enjoys and cares for her goldfish, Paige.