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Tim Scott
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U.S. Senate, South Carolina
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorJim DeMint (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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$3,598,007
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. 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.[1]

The appointments of Scott and Mo Cowan mark the first time in United States history where two black senators are serving in the U.S. Senate at the same time.[2]

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]

  • 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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Scott serves on the following Senate committees:[4]

U.S. House


Scott served on the following committee:


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] 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.[6]

National security

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.[7][8][9]

Scott was one of the 13 Republican senators who joined Paul in his filibuster.[10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, 30 Republican senators did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

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."[14]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[15] 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.[16]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "No" 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.[17]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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.[18]

Campaign themes


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."[19]


  • 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.[20]



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

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.[21] 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.[22][23][24][25][26]


Despite a pledge to steer clear of endorsing incumbents, Ted Cruz has financially backed a handful of Senate Republicans, including fellow Texan John Cornyn[27]

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.[27]

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.[27]


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 .[28][29]

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 with 9,080 votes, representing District 117. He was unopposed.

Scott raised $147,471 for his campaign.[31]

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

Campaign donors

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.[32]

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


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.[33]

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.[40]


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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]


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.[44]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Scott raised $147,471 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[45]

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


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.[46]

Scott most often votes with:

Scott least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[47]

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[48]

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 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.[49]

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.[50]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Scott's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $987,018 and $6,208,997. That averages to $3,598,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 4.82% from 2010.[51]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Scott's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $915,004 to $5,949,997. That averages to $3,432,500.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[52]

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.[53]


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.[54]

Voting with party


Tim Scott voted with the Republican Party 88.1% of the time, which ranked 20th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[55]

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External links


  1. USA Today, "South Carolina to get first black senator in Tim Scott," December 17, 2012
  2. Slate.com "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. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  8. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  9. ABC News, "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  10. 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
  11. Los Angeles Times, "Sen. Rand Paul ends marathon filibuster of John Brennan," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet The GOP Senators Who Refused to Stand With Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. Vote Tim Scott, "The Issues," Accessed September 6, 2012
  20. Politico, "Sen. Tim Scott: Lindsey Graham is on his own," accessed November 21, 2013
  21. Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  22. The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
  23. Roll Call "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
  24. Politico "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
  25. National Journal "DeMint Resignation Sets Off South Carolina Scramble," December 6, 2012
  26. CNN.com "First on CNN: Haley finalizes short list for DeMint seat," December 11, 2012
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Washington Post, "Cruz backed Cornyn, other incumbents, despite no-endorsement pledge," accessed August 26, 2013
  28. WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
  29. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Follow the Money's report 2008 Campaign donations in South Carolina
  32. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tim Scott," Accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Scott 2014 Summary reports," accessed August 1, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 30, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End," accessed May 13, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 13, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  40. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  41. opensecrets.org "Tim Scott" Accessed May 19, 2012
  42. opensecrets.org Accessed May 19, 2012
  43. Open Secrets "Scott Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 27, 2013
  44. Open Secrets "Tim Scott 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  45. Campaign contributors to Tim Scott
  46. OpenCongress, "Tim Scott," Accessed August 8, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Scott," Accessed April 11, 2013
  48. GovTrack, "Scott," Accessed April 10, 2013
  49. LegiStorm, "Tim Scott," Accessed September 18, 2012
  50. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  51. OpenSecrets.org, "Scott, (R-South Carolina), 2011"
  52. OpenSecrets.org, "Tim Scott (R-SC), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  55. 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)