Senator Timothy Eugene Scott is an American businessman and politician. He has been serving as a junior US Senator from South Carolina under the Republicans since 2013. He was a member of the US House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013. He also served as a member of the South Carolina House of Assembly from 1998 to 2008.
Senator Tim Scott was born in North Charleston, South Carolina, on September 19, 1965. But, he grew up in abject poverty after his parents divorced. Scott finished at R.B. Stall High School and enrolled at Presbyterian College on a football scholarship. But he graduated from Charleston Southern University with a B.Sc. degree in Political Science in 1988.
After his graduation, Senator Tim Scott worked in the real estate industry. He subsequently founded his insurance agency, where he worked as a financial advisor.
Senator Tim Scott Career
Senator Tim Scott started his political career in 1995 when he sought office at the Charleston County Council. This was after Keith Summey vacated the seat to assume his position as the new city mayor. Scott won with nearly 80% of the vote to become the first black Republican elected in South Carolina.
A year later, he stepped up his political career with a bid at the state senate. But he was defeated by Democratic incumbent Robert Ford. He was re-elected to the County Council in 2000 and 2004. He became the chairman of the County Council in 200$ and served in the County Council till 2008.
In 2008, Scott ran for a seat vacated by Republican incumbent Tom Dantzler after his retirement. Scott ran for a seat representing District 117. He won the Republican primaries and won the general election unopposed. Then, he became the first Republican African American State Rep from South Carolina. He assumed office in 2009 and served till 2011 when he ran for a seat at the US House of Reps.
In 2010, Scott decided to run for the position of lieutenant governor. Yet, he changed his mind and decided to run for a US House of Representatives seat. He won the Republican primary. Fortunately, several politicians and Congressmen endorsed him. He won the general election after defeating Democratic nominee Ben Fraiser. He was re-elected in 2012 and served till 2013.
In 2012, Senator Jim DeMint announced his retirement from the Senate to become the President of a public foundation. Subsequently, the state governor, Nikki Haley, appointed Scott to fill the seat in the Senate.
He also won a special election to serve the final years of DeMint’s term. He was elected again in 2016 and plans to run for reelection in 2022
Senator Tim Scott Accomplishments
Toomey has worked towards supporting infrastructural development for his state and district. His administration also boasts of economic development and job creation. He proposed the opportunity zone designation in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
He also played a key role in issues of workforce expansion and development. He also worked hard to improve the education sector in the state.
As a human rights advocate, Scott is a pro-life supporter. He is also a key voice in the promotion and protection of human rights.
Apart from all these, Scott has formulated and supported several legislatures on defense, trade, and foreign policies.
Senator Tim Scott Criticisms
Senator Scott got under fire for declaring America an anti-racist country. Black Twitter dragged the South Carolina Senator after his rebuttal to a joint address from President Biden.
Scott was part of the Senators that wrote an anti-nuclear deal letter to the Iranian government. The letter warned the Iranian government against signing a nuclear deal without the approval of Congress. But, the letter attracted backlashes from the President and members of Congress. He was also one of the Senators that filibustered the CIA’s drone usage policy.