(Washington, D.C.) Republican Tim Scott was sworn in to the Senate Thursday as South Carolina’s newest junior Senator.
Scott is the first black Republican member of the Senate since 1979.
He will be the chamber’s only current African-American and the first since Illinois Democrat Roland Burris left Congress in 2010.
Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Scott.
Jim DeMint, who had held the seat, resigned in December to work in the private sector.
“Governor Haley has made a great choice for South Carolina and the nation,” said DeMint in an emailed statement. “Tim Scott is a principled leader and will make an outstanding senator for the people of the South Carolina and an important voice for conservatives across the nation.”
Scott will be up for reelection in 2014.
He was previously a congressman from the state’s 1st District.