Prior to being elected governor, she served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2005 to 2010.
She graduated from Clemson University with a political science degree. Haley was inspired to run for office by none other than Hillary Clinton after hearing her as a keynote speaker at a leadership institute. Tanden, a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and Yale Law School, worked on domestic policy for both the Obama and Clinton administrations and also for think tanks.
She served as chief operating officer of the Center for American Progress before becoming president of the nonpartisan educational institute, and she was also senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services.