Tim Scott (born September 19, 1965 in North Charleston, South Carolina) is a Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina, and formerly a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 1st congressional district. Earlier Tim Scott was in the South Carolina House of Representatives. In the U.S. Senate he succeeded the retiring Jim DeMint; prior to that, he succeeded the retiring Congressman Henry Brown in the House.
A fiscal and social conservative, Scott touted the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and defeated the son of Strom Thurmond for the House seat. Scott is the first black Republican elected to Congress from the Deep South since Reconstruction.