It’s the first day of the 113th Congress, and one of the new faces in the Senate belongs to a man who was re-elected to the House: South Carolina’s Tim Scott. Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Scott to replace Jim DeMint, who in turn is filling the shoes of the Heritage Foundation’s longtime president, Ed Feulner.
Scott is the first black senator since Roland Burris departed the chamber in 2010. In addition, as Adolph Reed, a University of Pennsylvania political scientist, noted in a recent New York Times op-ed, “he will be the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction; the first black Republican senator since 1979, when Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts retired; and, indeed, only the seventh African-American ever to serve in the chamber.”