SC Gov. Haley taps Scott for Senate

Scott will be the first black senator in South Carolina history.

CHARLESTON, S C. — South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday picked first-term Republican Representative Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jim DeMint.

Speculation had centered on Scott, 47, as the likely replacement since DeMint announced on December 6 that he was stepping down from the Senate in order to head the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.

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 that also helped Haley win the governor's office that year for the Republican party.

Scott, who represents the coastal district that includes Charleston, has been one of the most conservative members of Congress. He sponsored legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare," opposed raising the nation's debt limit and supported DeMint's fiscal "cut, cap and balance" pledge.

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