S. Carolina Names Tea Party-backed Af. American to US Senate

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley today named U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, a black Tea Party Republican, to serve out the remaining term of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, who is resigning from the Congress to head the conservative Heritage Foundation.

"It is with great pleasure that I am announcing that our next U.S. senator is to be Congressman Tim Scott," Haley said during a news conference in Columbia, S.C. "I am strongly convinced that entire nation understands that this is the right U.S. senator for our state and our country."

The 47-year-old Scott told reporters that he will be sworn in as South Carolina's new senator on January 3, 2013. He will be the only African American serving in the 100-member U.S. Senate. Scott also will be the first black Republican senator since Edward W. Brooke III of Massachusetts left the chamber in 1979.

Unlike Brooke, Scott is from a different wing of the Republican Party. "I believe that most of the country is right of center and that they believe in Tea Party principles, which is limited government and pro growth," he said.

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