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S.C. Congressman Tim Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 7:57 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 1:20 AM
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COLUMBIA — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley picked U.S. Rep. Tim Scott to be the state’s next U.S. senator Monday, making him the only black Republican in Congress and the South’s first black Republican senator since Reconstruction.

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U.S. Rep. Tim Scott laughs during a news conference announcing him as Jim DeMint's replacement in the Senate. Scott will become only the fourth black Republican in Senate history and the first black senator since former Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was elected president.  RAINIER EHRHARDT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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U.S. Rep. Tim Scott laughs during a news conference announcing him as Jim DeMint's replacement in the Senate. Scott will become only the fourth black Republican in Senate history and the first black senator since former Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was elected president.

Scott, 47, takes over for Jim DeMint, who announced earlier this month he would forgo the remaining four years of this term to lead The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. His resignation takes effect Jan. 1.

Scott’s selection culminates an amazingly fast rise through South Carolina politics. Just four years ago, Scott was chairman of the Charleston County Council. In 2008, he became the first black Republican in the South Carolina Legislature in more than a century, and in 2010, he won his seat in the U.S. House from his conservative district with 65 percent of the vote.

He’ll become only the fourth black Republican in Senate history and the first black senator since former Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was elected president. Scott has been one of two black Republicans in the House. The other, Rep. Allen West of Florida, lost his re-election bid last month.

Scott will serve for two years and then face an election in November 2014 should he want to seek a term. That would give South Carolina two Senate elections – one for Scott and the other for two-term Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

After asking for a moment of silence for the victims of the Connecticut school shooting, Scott said he accepted the challenge of trying to help the country through troubling times.

“Our nation finds itself in a situation we need backbone. We need to make some very difficult decisions,” Scott said.

Haley introduced Scott by saying no one could fill DeMint’s shoes, but appointing a trailblazer such as Scott could show that it was a new day in South Carolina.

“The entire state understands this is the right U.S. senator,” said Haley, who became South Carolina’s first female governor in 2010.

Scott grew up in poverty in North Charleston. His parents divorced when he was 7, and he remembered his mom working 16 hours a day to support him and his brother. Scott, who is single, introduced his mother at the beginning of his speech.

But growing up with a single mother wasn’t always easy, Scott said. In high school, he was in danger of flunking out until he met the late John Moniz, a conservative entrepreneur who ran a Chick-fil-A beside the movie theater where Scott worked.

They became friends and Scott said Moniz taught him important values, such as how enlightened self-interest requires giving first before reaping the reward of receiving and how growing the value of how you see yourself will make you look more important in other people’s eyes.

Scott would go on to get a degree in political science from Charleston Southern University, which is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention and touts how it integrates faith into learning and serving.

Scott said he wouldn’t have agreed to be a U.S. senator if he didn’t think he could make a difference.

“The future is incredibly bright for America,” Scott said. “We have our challenges and we have things to overcome, but boy, does the future look bright in South Carolina.”

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rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 12/17/12 - 09:47 am
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as the person is of the same cut of cloth as Mr. DeMint, the Senate will be fortunate to have her/him.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 10:44 am
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Jenny Sanford? Wouldn't that

Jenny Sanford? Wouldn't that be a trip? Does she still see Boardman? Tim Scott would be my choice. He's a conservative black from Charleston.

PrayN4U
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PrayN4U 12/17/12 - 01:18 pm
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1st of many

That' a lot of 1st for the Black body of the government this year. Newly elect Richard Roundtree, President Obama, and now Republican Scott. What's next? Maybe a black female mayor of Augusta.

realitycheck09
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realitycheck09 12/17/12 - 02:26 pm
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Also...

...he becomes the only black Senator.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 02:32 pm
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A proud graduate of Stall

A proud graduate of Stall High School in North Charleston.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/17/12 - 10:13 pm
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Maybe a black female mayor of Augusta.

Helen Blocker Adams would be a good one.

allhans
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allhans 12/17/12 - 05:36 pm
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A very good choice. She

A very good choice. She could not have found a better man to represent consevatives...
BTW Obama was a US Sen 2005-

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/17/12 - 06:42 pm
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Yeah, Tim Scott is a good

Yeah, Tim Scott is a good man. I know lots about him and he is going to be a national political force. By the way, my first comment this morning about him being my choice was made before the announcement.

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OpenCurtain 12/18/12 - 08:43 am
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I could care less of his race and color

He is a fine example to all that live in poverty, because with him being selected as a Senator it SCREAMS.

If I get off my butt I can be something, I don't have to be spoon fed the rest of my life and have little or nothing I earned.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/18/12 - 08:46 am
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This is a test

for my thumbs down fan.

remember I said vote any of us down but step up to the plate and say why...

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