Source: Sikh News Sentinel/Tribune News
On January 17, 2006 the Tribune News reported, "Nikki Randhawa Haley, a.k.a. Nimrata Randhawa-Haley, a Sikh American woman, has been named a majority whip for the House Republican Caucus in the South Carolina General Assembly. The Republican whips are the party leaders on the floor of the legislature, responsible for lining up votes in support of caucus priorities and setting the direction of the 74-member Republican majority in the state... In addition to serving her constituents from Lexington County, Ms Haley serves as secretary of the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee and was elected chairman of the Freshman Caucus before the last session... Ms Haley is the only freshman serving as a whip for the Republican Caucus... In June 2004, Ms Haley trounced incumbent Larry Koon in a run-off election in South Carolina’s House District 87. Mr Koon was the longest-serving member of the South Carolina House of Representatives."