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.