South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed Rep. Tim Scott (R) to fill Sen. Jim DeMint's (R) soon-to-be-vacant seat.
"It is with great pleasure that I am announcing that I am appointing our next U.S. senator to be Congressman Tim Scott," she said at a press conference in Columbia, South Carolina.
Haley cited Scott's support for the business community and his position on fiscal issues, as well as his love of the state, as the reasons behind her pick.
Scott will replace DeMint, who announced earlier this month that he would leave the Senate run the Heritage Foundation in January.
Haley's selection of Scott surprised few in the state. The congressman has experienced a meteoric rise in GOP circles since he was elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010. He also received the public backing of DeMint, who indicated that he preferred Scott serve in his seat.
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