3:28pm December 17, 2012

Rep. Tim Scott to Become 7th African American to Serve in U.S. Senate


Freshman Republican Congressman Tim Scott (R-SC) will replace U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC).  Scott will become the seventh African American to serve in the U.S. Senate.  South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to make the formal announcement at noon today.  The last two Black U.S. Senators, Scott and Sen. Roland Burris, were appointed by Governors.  Burris replaced then Sen. Barack Obama after he won the White House.

Scott is perhaps more conservative than DeMint on social issues.  He will have to run statewide in 2014 when his Senate term expires.  The six other African Americans who have served in the U.S. Senate were Sens. Hiram Revels, Blanche Bruce, Edward Brooke, Carol Moseley Braun, Barack Obama and Burris.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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