Haley named her choice to replace DeMint at a press conference around noon. DeMint announced earlier this month he is stepping down from the Senate in January to head the conservative Heritage Foundation. Scott's name quickly jumped to the top of the list of prospective replacement candidates, and Republican sources indicated DeMint was pushing for the freshman congressman to fill the seat. Like DeMint, Scott is popular with the Tea Party.
Scott will be the first black senator from the South since the late 19th century. He was a popular choice among Republicans, both in the House and Senate. Many others congratulated him before Haley made the news official, and others were quick to hail the news as good.
Congrats! @chadpergram: Rep Tim ScottTim ScottOvernight Finance: Trump's Labor pick withdraws | Ryan tries to save tax plan | Trump pushes tax reform with retailers Puzder withdraws nomination for Labor secretary Ryan tries to save tax plan MORE (R-SC) becomes 1st African American senator since Sen Burris (D-IL) who succeeded President Obama.— Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerGraham: Ryan tax plan won’t get 10 votes in the Senate The Hill's 12:30 Report GOP senator argues for Gitmo expansion: ‘It ain’t Martha Stewart' being put there MORE(@repcorygardner) December 17, 2012
John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (@johnBoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE) December 17, 2012
Congratulations to Senator Tim Scott! You will be missed in the House.— Eric CantorEric CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote MORE (@EricCantor) December 17, 2012
Blake FarentholdBlake FarentholdWhy Republicans took aim at an ethics watchdog Report on warrantless surveillance shows Congress must update privacy laws A national law needed to protect online freedom of speech MORE (@farenthold) December 17, 2012
Mike LeeMike LeeTop antitrust senators call for Sessions to scrutinize AT&T-Time Warner merger Public lands dispute costs Utah a major trade show GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget MORE (@SenMikeLee) December 17, 2012
Glad to see Tim Scott coming to the Senate. He was immediately recognized as a leader in the House & he'll be a leader in the Senate.— Senator Roy BluntRoy BluntJudiciary Committee wants briefing, documents on Flynn resignation Intel Dem: House GOP now open to investigating Flynn Dems: 'Crazy' to trust GOP to investigate Flynn MORE (@RoyBlunt) December 17, 2012
Tim Scott is an even better person than he is politician.— Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Senators eye new sanctions against Iran Republicans play clean up on Trump's foreign policy MORE (@GrahamBlog) December 17, 2012
This post was originally created at 10:33 a.m. and has been updated.