CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - From growing up struggling in a single-parent home in North Charleston, to being sworn into the 112th Congress on Wednesday, Tim Scott will be serving South Carolina as its congressman from the First District.
In high school, Karen Gibson remembers thinking her student, Scott, would someday impact or even serve the public in a big way. He played football, was student body president and he was voted most dependable.
"Last year in high school and when he was in college, he was always involved in some political activities in some form or another," said former political science teacher Karen Cabe Gibson. "Hopefully he'll be the same dependable person that he's been in the past."
That was more than 26 years ago when Scott was a student at Stall High School.
"We're proud of his accomplishments. We're proud that he hasn't forgotten where he's from. We're very proud of him," said former guidance counselor Linda Werden.
He earned a degree from Charleston Southern University and years later went into public service. He moved from Charleston County Council to the Statehouse and now is serving South Carolina in the US House of Representatives. Friends and supporters watched him get sworn in Wednesday
"As a small business owner it is great to have Tim going to Washington to make the world safe again for small business, to cut some taxes, stop the wasteful spending," Jonathon Warren said.
House members took the oath of office together on the house floor and then speaker John Boehner had individual swearing in ceremonies with each member of the house.
"He has to know that he has wide support. He's not alone. He can speak his mind," Charles Nystrom said.