South Carolina senator notes humble origins
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott made another visit to the Southland this week, this time at a town hall and reception Monday at the Newport Beach Country Club, benefiting the Republican Party of Orange County.
The visit was Scott's second to Orange County since declaring his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. He conducted a fundraiser at the Laguna Niguel home of Dr. Nikan Khatibi and his wife Parmis June 16.
The visit came three days after Scott spoke at the Republican Party of Iowa's annual Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa where he said, “I am so proud to be an American. My granddaddy, who was born in 1921 in the Deep South, taught me two really important lessons about being an American.
“The first thing he taught me was that we kneel to the Father in prayer. He taught me that James 5:16 says ‘The prayers of the righteous avail much.'
“And even though we kneel to the Father in prayer, he said, lesson No. 2 is that we stand for the flag in respect. He said, ‘Our American flag is a symbol of freedom and liberty and justice for all.'''
The 57-year-old Scott announced his candidacy May 22 at Charleston Southern University, where he received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1988, declaring, “I am living proof that America is the land of opportunity, not a land of oppression.''
According to a biography on his campaign's website, Scott was raised in North Charleston, South Carolina “in a poor, single-parent household'' headed by his mother. After graduating from college, Scott was a financial adviser and owned an Allstate insurance agency.
Scott first ran for office in 1995, winning a special election for an at-large seat on the Charleston County Council. He lost a bid for the South Carolina Senate in 1996 and was reelected to the Charleston County Council in 2000 and 2004.
Scott was elected to South Carolina House of Representatives in 2008 and the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. He was appointed by then-South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to the U.S. Senate in 2013, replacing Jim DeMint, who resigned to become president of the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation.
Scott won a special election in 2014 to remain in the Senate and was elected to a full six-year term in 2016 and reelected in 2022.
Scott is among seven candidates to have qualified for the first debate of the 2024 campaign, set for Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, along with former President Donald Trump, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Haley and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.
Candidates must have a minimum of 40,000 unique donors to his or her principal presidential campaign committee (or exploratory committee) by Aug. 2.