South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday picked Republican Representative Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jim DeMint.When he takes office, Scott, 47, will be the only African-American member of the Senate and the first black senator from the South since the late 1800s.Scott was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 with support from the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement.
NYT: Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina on Monday selected Representative Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the United States Senate, an appointment that will make Mr. Scott the first black senator from the South since the late 19th century.
“It is a historic day in South Carolina,” Ms. Haley said, announcing her decision at the Capitol in Columbia with Mr. Scott at her side. She added, “He earned this seat for what I know he is going to do to make South Carolina and our country proud.”
The governor said that she chose Mr. Scott for his business vision and commitment to conservative principles.
Tea Party favorite in 2010, Scott was born and raised in South Carolina and grew up in a single parent home where his mother worked 16 hour days to make ends meet. His personal story should bring empathy and understanding to others who were raised poor and want to work for the American Dream and a better life.
Scott will be sworn in with the rest the newly elected senate in January. His seat will come up for election in 2014.
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