Timothy Eugene Scott, also known as Senator Tim Scott, is an African American republican and businessman. He has been a junior senator of the United States since 2013. Governor Nikki Haley, the then Governor of South Carolina, appointed him to the Senate after Jim DeMint retired.
Later, in 2014, he won a special election and was elected for a full term in 2016. Scott served on Charleston County Council from 1996 to 2008. One year later, in 2009, he served a term in the South Carolina General Assembly, which ends in 2011.
In 2010, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the First Congressional District of South Carolina. He served from 2011 to 2013. He was the first Republican African-American U.S. Representative from South Carolina since 1897. Since January 2017, Scott has been one of the three African-Americans in the U.S. Senate. The other two are Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. They are both Democrats. Booker is from New Jersey and Harris is from California.
Senator Tim Scott is the first South African-American senator to be elected since 1881. In addition, since Edward Brooke in 1979, he is the first African-American Republican to be appointed to the Senate since he left the United States Senate in 1979.
Who Is Senator Tim Scott?
Tim Scott was born in North Charleston, South Carolina on September 19, 1965, the son of Frances and Ben Scott Sr. His parents divorced when he was seven years old. He and his two brothers had to live with their mother, as their father was stationed with the Air Force in Colorado for most of their childhood.
He grew up in a household where his mother worked 16-hour shifts as an auxiliary nurse and did her best to provide for her family. Scott helped his family by working part-time in a Chick-fil-A franchise while struggling to maintain his grades in high school.
The franchise owner, John Moniz, became Scott’s mentor. He taught Scott to believe that he could use his problem-solving skills and intelligence to make it in life. Moniz died of a heart attack while Scott was in his final year of high school. After that, Scott focused on Moniz’s inspiring idea of coping with loss. He urged himself, he believed. When it came time for Scott to graduate, his grades were good and he had done well enough in football to get a partial scholarship to attend Presbyterian College.
He attended college from 1983 to 1984 before transferring to Charleston Southern University, where he earned a B.Sc. in Political Science in 1988. Before entering politics, Scott became the owner of Tim Scott Allstate Insurance Company, one of the most successful all-state insurance companies in his home state. He has an older brother who is a Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army and a younger brother who is a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
Scott first entered politics in 1995 when he ran for and won for Charleston County Council. He won with nearly 80 percent of the vote. He won under the Republican Party. Scott served on the council from 1995 to 2008. In 2007, he was appointed chairman. He was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2009 to 2010. From 2011 to 2013 he was a member of the United States House of Representatives. And since 2013, he has served as U.S. Senator of South Carolina.
The Tea Party Congress in Myrtle Beach in January 2013 welcomed the Junior Senator with a heroic reception. He gave a speech that day. In his speech, he spoke out against any changes to the Second Amendment by President Barack Obama. He said to Obama: “You cannot use an executive order to amend the Second Amendment on firearms. He also addressed his audience, which consisted mainly of whites, about the NAACP’s backlash.
In November 2014, Scott won a special election that put him in the Senate until January 2017, making him the first African American to be elected to both Congressional bodies.
Five Facts You Need To Know About Senator Tim Scott
- Timothy Scott is the first black Republican to be elected to Charleston County Council and its House of Representatives.
- Tim is a devout evangelical Christian, and this has greatly influenced his ideological leanings.
- In terms of wealth and property, Tim is one of the “poorer” members of the US Senate. Although there are discrepancies in his actual net worth, certain sources confirm that he is in debt of $710,000 due to multiple mortgages.
- In May 1997, as a member of Charleston City Council, he hung the Ten Commandments in front of the Council building, a move that earned him criticism. After a complaint was filed, a judge declared it unconstitutional.
- Tim Scott is unmarried and was a virgin when he entered politics at the age of 30. At some point in 2011, he admitted that he was no longer a virgin. He is said to have had a relationship with Zee Patel, a manager of an underwear store.