Sen. Tim Scott takes oath of office

Tim Scott was sworn in Thursday. (Source: WIS)
Tim Scott was sworn in Thursday. (Source: WIS)

WASHINGTON, DC (WIS) - Rep. Tim Scott was sworn in to the Senate just after noon on Thursday as South Carolina's newest junior Senator.

Scott, 47, took the oath of office from Vice President Joe Biden just after noon in the Senate chambers inside the United States Capitol building.

He was appointed to the seat by Gov. Nikki Haley.

The seat's previous holder, Jim DeMint resigned back in December. DeMint left the Senate, effective Dec. 31, to become the president of the Heritage Foundation.

The Lowcountry Republican was said to be DeMint's personal preference to replace him in the upper chamber of Congress.

"Governor Haley has made a great choice for South Carolina and the nation," said DeMint in an emailed statement. "Tim Scott is a principled leader and will make an outstanding senator for the people of the South Carolina and an important voice for conservatives across the nation."

Scott is the Senate's only serving African-American. He was previously a congressman from the state's 1st District.

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