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 ScottWhat prospective college students need to know before they go — or owe Lobbying World Juan Williams: The complicated story of black conservatism MORE (R-SC) becomes 1st African American senator since Sen Burris (D-IL) who succeeded President Obama.— Rep. Cory GardnerCory GardnerSenators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit A Vandenberg movement in Congress Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups MORE(@repcorygardner) December 17, 2012
John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (@johnBoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE) December 17, 2012
Congratulations to Senator Tim Scott! You will be missed in the House.— Eric CantorEric CantorTrump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule MORE (@EricCantor) December 17, 2012
Blake FarentholdBlake FarentholdPrivacy and security: Protecting your data and digital engagement at the border Rob Thomas: Anti-Trump celebs have become 'white noise' Republicans rush to help shape Trump’s infrastructure plan MORE (@farenthold) December 17, 2012
Mike LeeMike LeeObamaCare must be fixed before it collapses Trump signs order to end 'egregious abuse' of national monuments Trump takes aim at Obama monuments 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 BluntUnited explains passenger removal to senators Disconnect: Trump, GOP not on same page GOP senator: There will never be full U.S.-Mexico border wall MORE (@RoyBlunt) December 17, 2012
Tim Scott is an even better person than he is politician.— Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTop admiral: North Korea crisis is 'worst I've seen' Comey to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee Overnight Defense: US moving missile defense system to South Korea | Dems want justification for Syria strike | Army pick pushes back against critics of LGBT record MORE (@GrahamBlog) December 17, 2012
This post was originally created at 10:33 a.m. and has been updated.