Nimrata Haley (née Randhawa, January 20, 1972), known as Nikki Haley, is an American diplomat and politician who served as United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018. As a Republican, she previously served as Governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and three terms as a representative in the legislature. Haley was the first female governor of South Carolina, and the second Indian-American (after fellow Republican, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana) to serve as a governor in the United States.
First elected in 2004, Haley served three terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives. In 2010, during her third term, she was elected as governor, and was re-elected in November 2014. In 2015, she signed legislation calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from the State Capitol. In 2016, she was named by Time magazine as among the 100 most influential people in the world.
On November 23, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Haley for the position of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Haley was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in a 96–4 vote, and was sworn in on January 25, 2017. As U.N. ambassador, she affirmed the United States's willingness to use military force in response to further North Korean missile tests in the wake of the 2017 North Korea crisis. She announced her resignation on October 9, 2018, to take effect at the end of 2018.