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 a writer, speaker, strategist, comms expert and political analyst. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. She's been a former staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and has had a very diverse career in politics and media. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne and has been seen on MSNBC. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42. Instagram: LVB325. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers.



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