Gov. Nikki Haley names Sen. Jim DeMint’s replacement

Rep. Tim Scott is South Carolina’s first black senator

UPDATED 12:51 PM EST Dec 17, 2012
Tim Scott

Tim Scott

Gov. Nikki Haley named Rep. Tim Scott as the replacement for U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

Scott is South Carolina’s first black senator.  He becomes the Senate’s only black member and the GOP’s second African-American senator since Reconstruction.

Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African-American U.S. senator. He was elected by the Mississippi State Senate in 1871. President Barack Obama, elected by popular vote, was the fifth African-American senator.

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott was sworn-in for his freshman term on Jan. 5, 2011. His website describes him as “a tireless advocate for smaller government, lower taxes and restoring fiscal responsibility in Washington.”

Scott was asked to serve as a Deputy Whip and sits as one of two freshmen on the Elected Leadership Committee.

His website also says that Scott has consistently voted for significant cuts in federal spending.

Before being elected to Congress, Scott served on Charleston County Council for 13 years, including four terms as chairman and in the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years where he was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip.

He was previously the owner of Tim Scott Allstate and partner of Pathway Real Estate Group.

SacObserver, the African-American online news source, said, “Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor from Spartanburg, said Scott would be his top choice. He noted that Scott has already been named to Ways and Means, the House’s tax-writing committee.

“If she asked my opinion, I would tell her there are two members of the delegation I wished she would consider, and I’m not one of them,” he said.

Gowdy said the other would be Rep. Mick Mulvaney, according to SacObserver.

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