|U.S. Senate, South Carolina|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Jim DeMint (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|United States House, District 1|
|Representative, South Carolina House of Representative|
|Member, Charleston County Council|
|Bachelor's||Charleston Southern University, 1988|
|Birthday||September 19, 1965|
|Place of birth||North Charleston, SC|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 On being black in the GOP
- 3.2 Legislative actions
- 3.3 Campaign themes
- 3.4 Endorsements
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Tim Scott (b. September 19, 1965 in North Charleston, SC) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of South Carolina. He previously served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2013. He vacated his seat in January 2013 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Scott to serve as DeMint's replacement until the 2014 special election. Scott is the first African-American senator from the South since Reconstruction.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Scott is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Scott's academic, professional and political career:
- 1988: Graduated from Charleston Southern University, Charleston, S.C.
- 1995-2008: Served as a member of the Charleston County, S.C. council
- 2009-2010: Served as a member of the South Carolina house of representatives
- 2011-Present: U.S Representative from South Carolina
Scott serves on the following Senate committees:
- United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security
- Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion
- Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet
- Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Water and Power
- Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
- United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
- United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
- United States Senate Committee on Aging (Special)
Scott served on the following committee:
On being black in the GOP
Scott spoke to business students at Howard University on February 25, 2014. During the speech he discussed the challenges of being a black Republican. He said, "Part of the challenge of being a black Republican anywhere is that you start off with people walking in with chips on their shoulder trying to figure out what is wrong with you. I hope that people will judge me on my agenda, what I say, and how I vote."
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Scott's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."
On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill. It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states. Scott voted with 22 other Republican senators against the bill.
On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014. The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill. The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations. It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Scott voted with 25 other Republican members against the bill.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Scott voted with the Republican Party against the bill.
Violence Against Women (2013)
Scott voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.
Previous congressional sessions
Scott voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.
According to Tim Scott's website, his campaign themes included:
- Jobs: "Creating an atmosphere for our small businesses to thrive means that government must let our nation’s entrepreneurs breathe."
- Health care: "Common sense reforms for our families and future generations. Increased competition and choice of plans."
- Energy: "I am committed to decreasing our dependence on foreign sources, creating good-paying jobs, safeguarding our national security, and lowering gas prices."
- During an interview on CNN's Crossfire, Scott declined to endorse Sen. Lindsey Graham, fellow South Carolina senator.
- "I am up for re-election next year myself. I’m going to allow for all the other folks on the ballot to represent themselves very well. I’m going to continue to work hard for my election," Scott said.
On December 17, 2012, Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had chosen to appoint Scott to fill outgoing Senator Jim DeMint's seat beginning in January 2013. DeMint resigned from the U.S. Senate to take a new job as President of the Heritage Foundation. Scott's appointed term expires in November 2014, when the voters will elect a successor to serve an abbreviated term. He will be able to run in the special election to the remainder of the term in 2014.
Cruz’s leadership political action committee, Jobs, Growth and Freedom Fund, made only five donations in the first six months of its existence, and all of those dollars went to incumbents. On May 10, 2013, according to Federal Election Commission records, Cruz wrote a $2,500 check to the campaign of Cornyn.
Cruz also handed out out four other $2,500 donations to incumbents that same day: Jim Inhofe, Mike Lee, Jim Risch and Scott, who was appointed to the Senate after Jim DeMint resigned and is running in 2014 for the remaining years of DeMint’s term.
Scott won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent South Carolina's 1st District. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and defeated Bobbie Rose (D) and Keith Blandford (L) in the general election on November 6, 2012 .
|U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Timothy Scott Incumbent||62%||179,908|
|Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
To view the full congressional electoral history for Tim Scott, click [show] to expand the section.
On November 4, 2008 Scott won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives with 9,080 votes, representing District 117. He was unopposed.
Scott raised $147,471 for his campaign.
|South Carolina House of Representatives, District 117 (2008)|
|Timothy Scott (R)||9,080|
Comprehensive donor information for Scott is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Scott raised a total of $2,894,140 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.
|Tim Scott's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (South Carolina, District 1)||$1,680,566|
|2010||US House (South Carolina, District 1)||$1,213,574|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,894,140|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Scott's reports.
|Tim Scott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$2,379,208.93||$762,099.18||$(267,947.10)||$2,873,361.01|
According to a July 2013 Politico report, Scott made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Scott had received more than $41,000 from top defense firms.
As of March 31, 2012, Scott raised $1,077,016 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $647,443, leaving him with $506,416 cash on hand. His top three contributors were Burroughs & Chapin, which gave $18,200; Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which donated $15,000; and Goldman Sachs, which gave $14,999.
Throughout his career, Scott has raised $190,725 from the real estate industry, $164,125 from the insurance industry, and $107,260 from Republican individual contributors.
Scott won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $1,680,567 and spent $1,363,197.
|U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina, 1st District, 2012 - Tim Scott Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$157,767|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$156,911|
|Top contributors to Tim Scott's campaign committee|
|Burroughs & Chapin||$18,200|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$15,250|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Scott won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $1,213,574 and spent $1,136,730.
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
|U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina Congressional District 1 Election, 2010 - Tim Scott Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$24,418|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$20,227|
|Top contributors to Tim Scott's campaign committee|
|Club for Growth||$65,550|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$20,250|
|Edens & Avant||$14,700|
|Sticky Fingers Restaurants||$11,215|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Scott raised $147,471 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|Palmetto Leadership Council||$2,000|
|Locke Marine LLC||$1,500|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Scott most often votes with:
Scott least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Scott missed 0 of 94 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Scott missed 0 of 93 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Scott paid his congressional staff a total of $1,011,949 in 2011. Overall, South Carolina ranks 31st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
According to an analysis by CNN, Scott is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Scott's staff was given an apparent $24,500.00 in bonus money.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Scott's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,552,014 to $6,457,999. That averages to $4,005,006.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Scott ranked as the 34th most wealthy senator in 2012.
|Tim Scott Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Scott ranked 92nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Scott was 1 of 4 members of congress who ranked 80th in the conservative rankings.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tim Scott has voted with the Republican Party 88.1% of the time, which ranked 20th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.
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- USA Today, "South Carolina to get first black senator in Tim Scott," December 17, 2012
- Slate.com "For the First Time Ever, We'll Have Two Black Senators Serving at the Same Time," January 30, 2013
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Tim Scott," Accessed July 2, 2013
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Tim Scott: Hardest part of being black in GOP? Always being asked, ‘what’s wrong with you?’," February 25, 2014
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- The Blaze, "Here Are All the GOP Senators That Participated in Rand Paul’s 12+ Hour Filibuster… and the Ones Who Didn’t," March 7, 2013
- Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 )," accessed February 12, 2014
- NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
- Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
- U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Vote Tim Scott, "The Issues," Accessed September 6, 2012
- Politico, "Sen. Tim Scott: Lindsey Graham is on his own," accessed November 21, 2013
- Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
- Roll Call "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
- Politico "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
- National Journal "DeMint Resignation Sets Off South Carolina Scramble," December 6, 2012
- CNN.com "First on CNN: Haley finalizes short list for DeMint seat," December 11, 2012
- Washington Post, "Cruz backed Cornyn, other incumbents, despite no-endorsement pledge," accessed August 26, 2013
- WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
- Politico "2012 Election Map"
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tim Scott," Accessed March 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Scott 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
- FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
- Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
- opensecrets.org "Tim Scott" Accessed May 19, 2012
- opensecrets.org Accessed May 19, 2012
- Open Secrets "Scott Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 27, 2013
- Open Secrets "Tim Scott 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
- Campaign contributors to Tim Scott
- OpenCongress, "Tim Scott," Accessed August 8, 2013
- GovTrack, "Scott," Accessed April 11, 2013
- GovTrack, "Scott," Accessed April 10, 2013
- LegiStorm, "Tim Scott," Accessed September 18, 2012
- CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," March 8, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Scott, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
|U.S. Senate - South Carolina
| Succeeded by|
|U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District, South Carolina
| Succeeded by|
|South Carolina House of Representatives District 117
| Succeeded by|
Bill Crosby (R)