Governor Nikki Haley
A native of Bamberg, South Carolina, Governor Haley graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. She began her career with the North Carolina–based waste management and recycling company FCR, Inc., and then in 1994 joined her family's clothing business, helping oversee its growth into a multi-million-dollar operation. Haley was first elected to represent South Carolina's 87th District, in Lexington County, in the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2004 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2008. She was chosen to serve as chairman of the freshman caucus in 2005 and as majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly. During her career in the state legislature, Haley served as secretary of the Medical, Military, Public, and Municipal Affairs Committee and worked to create smaller, more efficient government. She was elected South Carolina's governor in November 2010.