- NAME: Tim Scott
- OCCUPATION: U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: September 19, 1965 (Age: 48)
- Did You Know?: In 2010, Tim Scott became the first African-American Republican congressman from the South since the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era.
- Did You Know?: In 2012, Tim Scott became the first southern African-American senator since the late 1800s, the first African American in the Senate since 1979 and only the seventh black senator.
- EDUCATION: Presbyterian College, Charleston Southern University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: North Charleston, South Carolina
- Full Name: Timothy Eugene Scott
- AKA: Timothy Scott
- AKA: Tim Scott
- ZODIAC SIGN: Virgo
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Junior Senator Tim Scott is the seventh African-American to win election to the U.S. Senate. He is also a former U.S. representative for South Carolina's first Congressional District.
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Scott faced off against several impressive candidates, including Jenny Sanford, Trey Gowdy, Henry McMaster and Catherine Templeton. When Scott won DeMint's coveted spot, it afforded him the illustrious distinction of becoming the first southern African-American senator since the late 1800s. His election to the Senate also made him the first African American in the Senate since Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke's 1979 retirement,
and only the seventh black person to become a senator.
In 2013, the new junior senator attended the South Carolina Tea Party Convention in Myrtle Beach and was received with a hero's welcome. During his speech to his primarily Caucasian audience, he addressed backlash from the NAACP with the following statement: "I love civil rights. I just want civil rights for everyone. I know you're not racist, your positions are valid, and it's the other side that plays favorites."
At the Tea Party Convention, Scott also challenged President Barrack Obama's proposal to issue an executive order to change the 2nd Amendment, regarding the right to own firearms. In addition to giving Scott a standing ovation, the audience buzzed over who would fill his former congressional seat.
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