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Who Is Nikki Haley’s Husband?

Meet U.S. Army Major Michael Haley, Nikki Haley’s Husband

Michael Haley is a combat veteran and a commissioned officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard currently working as a federal military technician. He started his career with the National Guard back in 2006 when Nikki Haley had recently started her political career serving in the South Carolina House of Representatives. The Haleys are a patriotic family and he enjoys his position serving both his country and his state.
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Michael Haley described why he serves in an interview: 

I don’t think there is any better way for me to represent South Carolina than being in the Guard. That’s one of the reasons I joined the Guard. It’s not only federal service but also state service, too.

When he was deployed in 2013, Captain Haley became the first spouse of a sitting governor to deploy to a combat zone. He went on a year-long tour of duty to Afghanistan with an important mission. Michael Haley and the other 47 members of his Agribusiness Development Team helped farmers switch from growing poppies for opium production to growing food crops. 

Though he was currently serving as the very first First Gentleman of South Carolina, Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston, Jr. was sure to clarify that Michael Haley would receive no special treatment. Michael Haley kept politics out of it and enjoyed just being a part of the team. He was proud to be a soldier serving his country and helping to rebuild Afghanistan’s economy, supporting peace and stability for Afghan people. Check out his Veteran’s Day post:

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Nikki Haley and her children were present as they and other military families across South Carolina said a teary goodbye to the men and women leaving for their deployment.

Though the family was able to communicate regularly through email and video chat, Nikki Haley said that being a military spouse is one of the most difficult things to do, and she was able to take her “first breath in a year” when her husband returned from Afghanistan.

What Was Michael Haley’s Early Life Like?

Michael Haley is originally from Ohio. When he was five years old, Michael Haley and his younger sister were adopted through the foster care system by Bill and Carole Haley. 

Nikki Haley has opened up about this very personal reason for the Haleys’ strong pro-life position. Nikki Haley feels blessed to have her husband in her life, and often thinks about where she would be if Michael’s biological mother had made a different choice. 

The Haley’s moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Hilton Head, South Carolina when Michael was in 9th grade. He graduated from Hilton Head Preparatory School and went on to study at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

After Michael Haley graduated with his degree in business administration, he worked for his mother in law at her booming business, Exotica International, before joining the National Guard.

How Did Nikki Haley Meet Her Husband?

Michael and Nikki Haley met in 1989 during her first weekend as a student at Clemson University in her home state. They knew they were right for each other, and though they attended different schools in different states, the couple stayed together. 

Nikki and Michael Haley got engaged in the Clemson botanical garden and were married in 1996. Their Christian ceremony was held at St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea, a Methodist church in Hilton Head, SC where his parents have attended since Michael was young.

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Nikki Haley regards her marriage and family life as two of her greatest blessings. The couple are now empty nesters, as their two children are both attending college. Nikki and Michael Haley love to visit their kids at school, and the Haleys remain a close-knit family.

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