Tim Scott Appointed to U.S. Senate
12:27 PM, Dec 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tim Scott will be the next U.S. Senator from South Carolina. The first-term Republican congressman from Charleston, who was just elected to a second term, was appointed to the seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jim DeMint. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley made the announcement in Columbia Monday afternoon, flanked by Scott, DeMint, and other members of South Carolina's congressional delegation, including Senator Lindsey Graham.
"It is with great pleasure that I am announcing our next U.S. senator to be Congressman Tim Scott," Haley said. "He understands the strength that we need to have in our business community as we continue to focus on jobs. He has shown that with his support of the ports and knowing that the deepening needs to be there. He's shown courage when he helped us with the fight against National Labor Relations Board and the unions that tried to take boeing down. He has shown it with his fiscal representation and the fact that he knows the value of a dollar. He understands what every family and small business goes through, and he has stayed consistent to that."
Before winning his House seat in 2010, Scott served a single term in the state house of representatives (alongside Haley) and was on the Charleston city council for 13 years.
Scott thanked his "lord and savior Jesus Christ" and his mother in a short address following the announcement. Scott is the first black senator from South Carolina and the first black Republican in the Senate since Edward Brooke of Massachusetts left in 1979. He will also be the only black senator to serve in the next Congress.
Scott will face an election in 2014 to win the seat outright.
Fred Barnes profiled Scott shortly before his election to the House in 2010. Here's an excerpt:
Read the whole thing here.