Tim Scott

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Tim Scott
United States Senator
from South Carolina
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Serving with Lindsey Graham
Preceded byJim DeMint
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 1th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 2, 2013
Preceded byHenry Brown
Succeeded byMark Sanford
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 117th district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byTom Dantzler
Succeeded byBill Crosby
Member of the Charleston County Council
from the 3rd district
In office
February 8, 1995 – January 3, 2009
Preceded byR. Keith Summey
Succeeded byElliott Summey
Personal details
Born (1965-09-19) September 19, 1965 (age 58)
North Charleston, South Carolina
Political partyRepublican
Alma materPresbyterian College
Charleston Southern University

Timothy Eugene Scott (born September 19, 1965) is an American politician. On January 3, 2013, he became the junior U.S. Senator from South Carolina. He was in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2013.[1] He is the only African-American senator as of the 115th United States Congress. More specifically, he is the first Republican African-American senator since Edward Brooke, of Massachusetts, in the 1970s.

Scott is a candidate for President of the United States in the 2024 election.

Personal life[change | change source]

Scott was born on September 19, 1965 in North Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Presbyterian College. Scott graduated from Charleston Southern University. He is unmarried.

Political Positions[change | change source]

Civil Rights[change | change source]

Scott is a Republican, and conservative overall, but has a liberal stance on civil rights for African-Americans.

George Floyd Protests[change | change source]

Scott criticized President Donald Trump when he controversially tweeted: When the looting starts, the shooting starts. This was about the protests of the death of George Floyd.[2] Scott had spoken out against Floyd's murder.

Environment[change | change source]

Scott was in 2017 one of 22 senators sending a letter to Donald Trump asking him to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. He is a lobbyist for oil/gas/coal interests, having received over $54,000 from them since 2012.

2024 presidential campaign[change | change source]

In late 2022, it was reported that several United States senators such as John Barrasso, John Cornyn, and Joni Ernst had encouraged Scott to run for President of the United States in the 2024 election.[3]

In February 2023, it was reported that Scott was preparing for a presidential run.[4] Two months later in April, he created an exploratory committee to see if he should run for president.[5]

On May 19, 2023, Scott officially filed to run for president.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Scott, Tim". Office of Art and Archives and Office of the Historian, The United States Congress. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  2. O'Reilly, Andrew (May 31, 2020). "Sen. Tim Scott: Trump's tweets on George Floyd protests 'not constructive' Andrew O'Reilly". Fox News. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  3. Moore, Mark (November 9, 2022). "Possible 2024 run by Sen. Tim Scott has GOP colleagues abuzz: report". New York Post. Retrieved December 28, 2022.
  4. "Republican Sen. Tim Scott Prepares for Presidential Run". The Wall Street Journal. February 13, 2023. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  5. Jones, Dustin (April 12, 2023). "South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott takes a significant step toward a presidential run". NPR.
  6. "Tim Scott officially enters 2024 presidential race". CBS News. Retrieved May 19, 2023.

Other websites[change | change source]

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