Politinerds: Senator Tim Scott (R., S.C.)
Our guest this week was South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. As you probably know, Senator Scott was first elected to Congress in 2010 after spending about fifteen years in several elected positions in local government and the South Carolina legislature. After Senator Jim DeMint retired from the Senate, South Carolina Nikki Haley appointed Scott to fill DeMint’s seat until a Special Election could be held. Scott won that Special Election in 2012 rather easily, and then won election to a full six-year term in his own right in 2014, making him the fourth African-American to be elected to a full term in the Senate, and the first African-American to be elected to the Senate from a southern state in American history.
In our interview with Senator Scott, we talked about a variety of topics, including his swift rise from the House to the Senate in Washington, the events that rocked the Palmetto State earlier this year, and his work to bring the I.R.S. and other federal agencies under better control by, among other things, making easier for supervisors to fire employees who have clearly broken the law or engaged in inappropriate or illegal behaviors