Get to know Tim Scott

Tim Scott is the Republican candidate for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, a race he’s expected to win. You need to get to know this man because if he wins, he’ll be a formidable proponent of small government, low taxes, and strong defense. Here’s his bio from his campaign website:

Tim Scott is a small business owner and public servant who is the Republican nominee for Congress in South Carolina’s First District.

Tim was born in North Charleston, and grew up in poverty with a single mother who worked 16 hour days to keep him and his brother in school. He also benefited from a mentor, a Chick-fil-A operator, who took him under his wing and guided him when he was at a very impressionable age. Both his mother and his mentor instilled in him conservative, traditional, and religious values which guide him to this day. Tim is a 1988 graduate of Charleston Southern University, earning a B.S. in Political Science.

In 1995, Tim was elected to Charleston County Council, becoming the first black Republican elected to county-wide office in South Carolina since Reconstruction. He served on the Council for 13 years, becoming Chairman in 2007. In 2008, Tim Scott was elected to the SC House of Representatives, again becoming the first black Republican to do so. He was elected Chairman of the Freshman Caucus and House Whip.

Throughout his 15 years in public service, Tim has never voted for a tax increase. He has received the “Friend of the Taxpayer” commendation from the SC Association of Tax Payers. The Club for Growth’s Conservative Score Card gave Tim an “A” rating, as one of the most conservative members of the SC House.

Believing that government cannot create jobs, but can foster the right conditions to spark investment, Tim was heavily involved in bringing Boeing to the Charleston area, and has helped recruit over 20,000 new jobs, with companies such as Daimler Chrysler (now Mercedes), Verizon, Force Protection, Global Aeronautica, Vought Alenia and many others.

The Daily Caller interviewed him:

Tim Scott will likely change the fact that there are no African-American Republicans in Congress, but don’t automatically count on him to join the Congressional Black Caucus when he does.

“I’ve thought about it,” the South Carolina congressional candidate said Monday during an interview on Capitol Hill with The Daily Caller. “But I haven’t come to a solid decision. I’m probably leaning against it.”

Yet there’s another caucus the staunchly conservative state representative from Charleston finds “intriguing and interesting.” That would be the Tea Party Caucus, founded last week for House members who believe in the ideals of the conservative movement by Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.

“I’d love to see all the tenets of the caucus, but on the surface it’s certainly something that I wouldn’t say no to at this point,” Scott said.

Scott’s congressional run has been historical — and promises to make even more history when he faces a perennial losing Democratic candidate in his heavily-Republican district in November. In the primary, he defeated big names like Paul Thurmond, the son of the former Sen. Strom Thurmond, and Carroll Campbell, the son of another former well-known politician in the state.

If he wins the general election, he’ll be the first black Republican since J.C. Watts of Oklahoma retired in 2003 to serve in the House. He’d be the first black GOPer elected in the South in more than a hundred years.

If you live in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, vote for Tim Scott! If you don’t live in his district, you can still donate to his campaign. We need more conservatives like him in the US House of Representatives.

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