First Gentleman of South Carolina
Michael Haley became the First Gentleman of South Carolina when his wife, Nikki Randhawa Haley, was sworn in as governor on January 12, 2011. She is the 116th Governor of South Carolina.
Mr. Haley is currently deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with the South Carolina Army National Guard’s 3/49 Agribusiness Development Team. He has previously served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Commander of an Area Support Medical Company. As a military technician he has worked in the positions of Management Analyst, State Equal Employment Manager, and Strategic Plans and Training. Prior to his military career, he worked in the family business as a buyer and manager and later started his own business.
As First Gentleman some of his initiatives include overseeing the Governor’s Mansion and Lace House Commission, actively participating with Youth Challenge and supporting other at-risk youth programs, and advocating for the state’s foster care and adoption services.
Mr. Haley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He completed his officer basic training at Fort Benning and his area of concentration at Fort Sam Houston. He has also been active in the community and held officer positions with several civic organizations and advisory boards. He is an avid sports participant but concentrates primarily on hunting, running, and the occasional triathlon.
The Haley’s have two children, daughter Rena, 14, and son Nalin, 11.
Rena and Nalin
Rena is 14 years old and is in the 9th grade in Lexington School District 1. She enjoys jazz dance and spending time with family and friends.
Nalin is 11 years old and is in the 5th grade in Lexington School District 1. He is an avid basketball player and also enjoys time with family and friends.
Simba is the family dog. He is a Shar Pei.
Nalin cares for two red bellied frogs, Hoppy and Spot.
Rena enjoys and cares for her goldfish, Paige.