Mr. Scott offers a unique story and background, one that is in scant supply in their party right now. Raised by a single mother, he was, by his account, a lost child who struggled with school and with life until a Chick-fil-A franchise owner took him on as a protégé and schooled him in conservative principles.
“Coming from a single-parent household and almost flunking out of high school,” Mr. Scott said in 2010, during his bid for the House, “my hope is I will take that experience and help people bring out the best that they can be.” . . .
Mr. Scott, who lives in Charleston, will no doubt be missed among many of his House Republican colleagues. “There is not a kinder, more humble, sweet-spirited person,” Representative Trey Gowdy, one of Mr. Scott’s freshman colleagues from South Carolina, who was also considered for the job, said in an interview last week. “That is somewhat antithetical to what you’d expect at this level of politics. “He was my pick too.
According to Wikipedia, Tim Scott will be the first black senator from the South since 1881 (and the only one currently). There have been six other black senators. Two from Mississippi during Reconstruction (both Republican), and in the modern era, three from Illinois (all Democrat, including Barack Obama), and one from Massachusetts (Republican). In the House, there have been several black congressmen. All of them were Republican until 1935. After that, no black congressmen were Republican until Gary Franks from Connecticut 1991-97, then J.C. Watts, Oklahoma, 1995-2003, then Allen West, Florida, and Tim Scott, South Carolina, both elected in 2011. Allen West lost his reelection bid this year (the voting procedures are legitimately in question, but he conceded), so there will be no more black Republicans in the House with the departure of Tim Scott.