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Tim Scott
Tim Scott.jpeg
U.S. Senate, South Carolina
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
PredecessorJim DeMint (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$2,894,140
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House, District 1
Representative, South Carolina House of Representative
Member, Charleston County Council
Bachelor'sCharleston Southern University, 1988
Date of birthSeptember 19, 1965
Place of birthNorth Charleston, SC
Net worth(2012)$4,005,006.50
Office website
Campaign website

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. Scott assumed office in January 2013 after he was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to serve the remainder of Senator Jim DeMint's term, making him the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction.[1] The appointments of Scott and Mo Cowan marked the first time in United States history when two black senators served in the U.S. Senate at the same time.[2] Scott was elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election held November 4, 2014.

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:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Scott serves on the following committees:[4]


Scott served on the following Senate committees:[5]

U.S. House


Scott served on the following committee:

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to Scott's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]


Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[8] 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 will 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.[9] Scott voted with 22 other Republican senators against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png 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.[10][11] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[11] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[12] It included a 1 percent 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.[10][11]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png 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 funded 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.[13] 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.[14]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Nay3.png 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.[15]

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]


On The Issues Vote Match

Scott's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Scott is a Hard-Core Conservative. Scott received a score of 24 percent on social issues and 86 percent on economic issues.[17]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[18]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[17] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.

National security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement". The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. Scott was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[19]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[20] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[21]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

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 were critical of President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[22][23][24]

Scott was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[25][26]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[27][28]

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."[29]

Campaign themes


According to 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."
  • Healthcare: "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."[30]

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."[31]



See also: United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014

Scott was elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election held November 4, 2014. Scott defeated Randall Young in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014. After winning the election Scott said he was “thankful for the evolution that's occurred in South Carolina, where we are a state where we've seen more progress made ... than perhaps any other state in the nation.”[32][33]

General election

U.S. Senate, South Carolina Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Scott Incumbent 61.1% 757,215
     Democratic Joyce Dickerson 37.1% 459,583
     American Party of South Carolina Jill Bossi 1.7% 21,652
     N/A Write-in 0% 532
Total Votes 1,238,982
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission

Primary election

Scott defeated Randall Young in the Republican primary on June 10, 2014.[33]

U.S. Senate, South Carolina Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Scott 90% 275,018
Randall Young 10% 30,646
Total Votes 305,664
Source: Results via Associated Press


General Election
Poll Tim Scott Joyce DickersonJill BossiMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Winthrop Poll
September 21-28, 2014
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General Election
Poll Tim Scott Joyce DickersonMargin of ErrorSample Size
September 20 - October 1, 2014
August 18 - September 2, 2014
AVERAGES 53% 31% +/-3.5 1,748
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General Election
Poll Tim Scott Joyce DickersonOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
July 9-10, 2014
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  • Sen. Ted Cruz made a $2,500 donations to Scott's campaign for re-election in 2014.[34]


See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[36][37]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Bobbie Rose 35.7% 103,557
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Scott Incumbent 62% 179,908
     Libertarian Keith Blandford 2.2% 6,334
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 214
Total Votes 290,013
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


On November 4, 2008, Scott won election to the South Carolina House of Representatives representing District 117 with 9,080 votes. He was unopposed. Scott raised $147,471 for his campaign.[39]

South Carolina House of Representatives, District 117 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Timothy Scott (R) 9,080

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Scott attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

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.[40]

Tim Scott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (South Carolina, District 1) Won $1,680,566
2010 US House (South Carolina, District 1) Won $1,213,574
Grand Total Raised $2,894,140

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Scott's reports.[41]

Defense contractors

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.[48]


Breakdown of the source of Scott's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[49]


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.[50]

His top five contributors between 2009 and 2010 were:


Scott raised $147,471 in the 2008 election cycle. His major contributors are listed below.[51]

Donor Amount
Blank $3,919
Gregory Padgett $2,000
Palmetto Leadership Council $2,000
4220 Broadway $2,000
Locke Marine LLC $1,500

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[52] Between 2009 and 2012, Scott‘s calculated net worth[53] decreased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[54]

Tim Scott Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-4%
Average annual growth:-1%[55]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[56]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Scott received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Insurance industry.

From 2009-2014, 30.75 percent of Scott's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[57]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Tim Scott Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $8,646,618
Total Spent $4,637,860
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$471,430
Securities & Investment$432,719
Health Professionals$839,503
% total in top industry5.69%
% total in top two industries11.14%
% total in top five industries30.75%


Like-minded colleagues

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.[58]

Scott most often votes with:

Scott least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Scott missed 17 of 547 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 3.1 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[59]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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 ranked 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.[60]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Scott was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Scott's staff was given an apparent $24,500.00 in bonus money.[61]

National Journal vote ratings

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Scott ranked 3rd in the conservative rankings in 2013.[62]


Scott ranked 92nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[63]


Scott was one of four members of congress who ranked 80th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[64]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Scott voted with the Republican Party 88.1 percent of the time, which ranked 21st among the 45 Senate Republican members as of August 2014.[65]


Scott voted with the Republican Party 88.1 percent of the time, which ranked 20th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[66]

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  1. USA Today, "South Carolina to get first black senator in Tim Scott," December 17, 2012
  2., "For the First Time Ever, We'll Have Two Black Senators Serving at the Same Time," January 30, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Tim Scott," accessed July 2, 2013
  4. United States Senate, "Committee Assignments of the 114th Congress," accessed February 17, 2015
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
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  14., "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
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  17. 17.0 17.1 On The Issues, "Scott Vote Match," accessed July 1, 2014
  18. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  19. The Wall Street Journal, "Text of GOP Senators’ Letter to Iran’s Leaders on Nuclear Talks," March 9, 2015
  20. Fox News, "Firestorm erupts over GOP letter challenging Obama's power to approve Iran nuclear deal," March 10, 2015
  21. Ut San Diego, "Traitors or patriots? Senator's letter to Iran creates firestorm," March 11, 2015
  22. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  23. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  24. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  25. 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
  26. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  27. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  28. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  29. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
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  33. 33.0 33.1 Associated Press, "South Carolina - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  34. Washington Post, "Cruz backed Cornyn, other incumbents, despite no-endorsement pledge," accessed August 26, 2013
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  44. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed May 13, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  47. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  48. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," accessed July 11, 2013
  49., "Scott Campaign Contributions," accessed February 27, 2013
  50. Open Secrets, "Tim Scott 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  51., "Campaign contributors to Tim Scott"
  52. OpenSecrets, "Scott, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  54. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  55. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  56. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  57., "Sen. Tim Scott," accessed October 2, 2014
  58. OpenCongress, "Tim Scott," accessed August 8, 2013
  59. GovTrack, "Scott," accessed September 4, 2014
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  61. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
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  63. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  64. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  65. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  66. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim DeMint
U.S. Senate - South Carolina
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Henry Brown
U.S. House of Representatives 1st Congressional District, South Carolina
Succeeded by
Mark Sanford
Preceded by
South Carolina House of Representatives District 117
Succeeded by
Bill Crosby (R)