Rep. Tim Scott speaks to reporters moments after Gov. Nikki Haley selected him to replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate.
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has picked U.S. Representative Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the United States Senate.
Haley introduced Scott as the state's newest senator at a press conference at noon Monday.
He replaces DeMint, who announced earlier this month he would resign from the Senate so he could lead the Heritage Foundation, a conservative thinktank in Washington.
Scott's selection is historic: he becomes the first African-American senator from the Deep South since Reconstruction. He will also be the only African-American currently serving in the Senate.
Scott, 47, has served since January of 2011 in the U.S. House, representing the First Congressional District. That region includes Charleston and Hilton Head.
Since his election, he's become a favorite among Tea Party conservatives and has become a rising star in his party. He was given a speaking slot at this past summer's Republican National Convention, and only weeks ago was placed on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Before coming to Congress, Scott served 13 years on the Charleston County Council.
Scott will have to face a special election for the Senate seat in 2014.