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55 Things You Need to Know About Tim Scott


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There’s never been anybody in the history of the Republican Party quite like Tim Scott.

A descendant of enslaved people, the second son of a single mother, a bachelor, a teetotaler and an erstwhile insurance salesman, the convivial, 57-year-old South Carolina senator is a uniquely successful Black conservative from the South — a victim of racism in stores, on roads, online and even in the United States Capitol itself, who doesn’t see the country as racist and doesn’t see himself as a victim. It’s a message that now will undergird a compelling but likely longshot presidential bid.


What do people need to know about the man who has now joined fellow South Carolinian Nikki Haley, outsider entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and soon-to-be-official-candidate Ron DeSantis (and others to come) in challenging former president Donald Trump for the GOP nomination? Here, culled from interviews, media coverage and Scott’s own books, is a primer on the life of Tim Scott.



He is the only Black Republican in the United States Senate.


He is the only Black person to ever serve in both chambers of Congress.


He is one of only 11 Black people in the history of the country to be in the Senate and one of just three (along with Democrats Cory Booker and Raphael Warnock) currently in the Senate.:snip:

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