Meet Tim Scott, the New Black U.S. Senator

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  • It's Not a Black Thing
  • True Believer
  • His First Time
  • Legacy Slayer
  • Top of His Class
  • Not a Member
  • True Life
  • Early Influences
  • Before Politics
  • It Gets Better
  • Welcome, Senator Scott
  • One of a Kind
  • A Small Club

His First Time

Scott's first elective office was Charleston County Council member in 1995, beating a popular Democrat and becoming the first African-American Republican to be elected to any office in South Carolina since Reconstruction. He served on the council for 13 years and was elected its chairman four times.

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