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Michael Haley
First Gentleman of South Carolina

In office
January 12, 2011 – January 24, 2017
Governor Nikki Haley
Preceded by Jenny Sanford
Succeeded by Peggy McMaster (First Lady)
Personal details
Spouse(s) Nikki Randhawa (m. 1996)
Children 2
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Occupation Army National Guard officer
Military technician
Military service
Allegiance United States
 South Carolina
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Captain
Unit Army National Guard

Michael Haley is an American officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard and husband of U.S. Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. He served as the First Gentleman of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017 and was the first man to hold the position.

Personal life

The Haleys met in 1989 as undergraduates at Clemson University.[1] While Nikki Haley is a Clemson graduate, Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in business administration.[2][3] Michael Haley is a graduate of Hilton Head Preparatory School.[4]

Michael and Nikki Haley were married in 1996 in two ceremonies, a Sikh ceremony, and a ceremony at St. Andrew's by-the-Sea, the Methodist church in Hilton Head, where Haley's parents, Carole and Bill, have lived since retiring from jobs in Cleveland, Ohio when Michael was in the ninth grade.[4][5][6] Before retiring to Hilton Head, Bill Haley was director of a steel manufacturing plant and Carole Haley taught school.[6]

Haley worked in Exotica International, the clothing store founded by his mother-in-law, Raj Randhawa, before becoming a full-time federal military technician with the South Carolina Army National Guard in 2006.[2][3][7]


Haley is employed full-time as a federal military technician with the South Carolina Army National Guard.[8]

Military service

In January 2012, Haley shipped out for a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan as a captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard.[3][9][10] The unit served in Helmand Province as an Agribusiness Development Team helping Afghan farmers improve farming techniques and develop cash crops to replace opium poppies.[11] Haley served as a liaison between the military and civilian authorities.[12] He is thought to have been the first spouse of a Governor to serve on active duty in a war zone.[3][13]

Marines serving with Haley in Helmand Province nicknamed him FGOSC (pronounced “fuh GOSK”), (first gentleman of South Carolina,)” referencing FLOTUS.[10]

First Gentleman of South Carolina

Since Haley is the first gentleman to become First Gentleman of South Carolina, and because there have only been 15 First Gentlemen in American history, including the 5 men in that role as of 2015,[14] there was speculation about what his role would be.[10][15] Haley chaired the Foundation that oversees the preservation and management of the South Carolina Governor's Mansion in Columbia.[14][15]


  1. Smith, Gina (25 November 2011). "Haley the 'Clemson girl' a rarity among governors". The Herald. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jennings, Natalie (10 January 2013). "Nikki Haley's husband departs for Afghan mission". Washington Post. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wilkinson, Jeff (30 July 2012). "First gentleman Michael Haley to serve with Guard in Afghanistan". Spartanburg Herald - Journal. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lauderdale, /david (23 April 2013). "Governor mixes business, pleasure at Heritage". The Island Packet. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  5. Dewan, Shaila (13 June 2010). "All Her Life, Nikki Haley Was the Different One". New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dawsey, Josh (19 June 2010). "Nikki Haley's Hilton Head in-laws have been helping since campaign's onset". McClatchy - Tribune Business News. 
  7. "Haley's Comet". The Economist. 16 January 2016. 
  8. "Haley, Chosen to Rebut Obama's State of Union Speech, Is Rising Republican Star". Voice of America. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  9. Lowe, Rachael (8 May 2015). "May proclaimed ‘Month of the Military Spouse’". The State. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Beam, Adam (23 May 2013). "EXCLUSIVE Michael Haley: No better way to represent S.C. than in the Guard". The State. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  11. Schafer, Susanne (10 January 2013). "S.C. Gov. Haley's husband deploys with Guard". Army Times. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  12. Low, Kristen (31 July 2012). "First Gentleman of South Carolina, husband of Nikki Haley, to ship out to Afghanistan". New York Daily News. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  13. Singh, Simran (12 November 2010). "We live the American Dream". India Abroad. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Thompson, Krissah (24 April 2015). "What happens when a man takes over role of first lady?". News Journal. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Funderburg, Greg (3 November 2010). "What Will SC's First, First Gentleman Do?". Fox News. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Jenny Sanford
First Gentleman of South Carolina
Succeeded by
Peggy McMaster
as First Lady of South Carolina

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