Year of birth: 1965
Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: 47
Family: Mother, Frances Scott, and two brothers
Education: R.B. Stall High School, Charleston Southern University, 1988, B.S. in Political Science
Current occupation/employer: United States Senator representing the state of South Carolina
Employment, military and volunteer history: Senator Scott was sworn into the United States Senate in January of 2013. Before that, he served 2 years in the United States House of Representatives, 2 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives, and 13 years on Charleston County Council (4 terms as Chair). Former owner, Tim Scott Allstate Insurance and partner, Pathway Real Estate Group.
Volunteer history: Roper St. Francis Board; Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union Board; Seacoast Church Board; College of Charleston Business School Board of Governors; CSU Board of Visitors
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where: Senator Scott was sworn into the United States Senate in January of 2013. Before that, he served 2 years in the United States House of Representatives in the 1st Congressional District, 2 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives for District 117, and 13 years on Charleston County Council (4 terms as Chair).
Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office: In 1996, Senator Scott ran for South Carolina State Senate in the 42nd district against Robert Ford, but Mr. Ford remained in his seat.
Other political and government experience: Senator Scott was sworn into the United States Senate in January of 2013. Before that, he served 2 years in the United States House of Representatives, 2 years in the South Carolina House of Representatives, and 13 years on Charleston County Council (4 terms as Chair).
Key endorsements you’ve received: CAGW, Chamber of Commerce, American Conservative Union PAC, SC Citizens for Life.
What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.)
I believe that America’s brightest days are still ahead of us. I am working to empower job creators to grow and get more people back to work while supporting job training, school choice, STEM education, and industry partnerships that can provide the crucial link between learning skills and putting them to use in good-paying jobs.
I run on my record. I have been a consistent advocate of a smaller, less intrusive federal government, taking less of your money, and rolling back harmful over-regulation that hurts job creation, such as Obamacare.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? (100 words for each issue)
Since I was sworn in to the United States Senate, I have visited all forty-six counties in South Carolina, and made it a priority to listen in order to hear your stories and better understand your hopes, your goals, and your dreams.
What I have found across the board is that folks are looking for more opportunity--they aren't looking for handouts, they are looking for the opportunity to get more education, to work hard, and to realize their own American Dream.
My goal is to help you do just that. Central themes of my work include:
Job Skills Training/Apprenticeships: Millions of good-paying jobs sit unfilled in the U.S., largely because people lack the technical skills necessary to fill them. I introduced the SKILLS Act to help bridge this gap through improved federal job skills training, and was very proud to see key components of my legislation incorporated into the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which was signed into law on July 22, 2014.
I have also introduced legislation expanding the successful South Carolina apprenticeship model and encouraging university research partnerships. I hope to continue working to help people get the skills they need for the good-paying jobs that can improve their lives.
Education: A great education shouldn’t depend on a child’s zip code. I believe it is a parent’s right to be involved in their child’s education, and to choose the system that works best for the child, whether it’s traditional neighborhood schools, charter schools, homeschooling, online, parochial schools, or some other option. It is a tragedy for a child to be trapped in a failing school, and my CHOICE Act would pave the way for ensuring that parents always have a choice.
We have seen success in charter schools and school choice, and I hope to continue working towards expanding parents’ options in education.
Taxes and Regulatory Reform: Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy, and they are being smothered by excessive regulation, particularly Obamacare. Our tax code is too complicated, and takes too much of your money. Our federal government spends money like there’s no tomorrow.
This doesn’t have to be the case. I believe that we can work together to rein in harmful regulation, simplify the tax code, ease the tax burden on Americans, and curb Washington’s spending habit.
I have supported a balanced budget amendment, the repeal of Obamacare, and many other initiatives that take power from the federal government and give it to states, cities, and individuals.
3b. For incumbents: What do you consider your most significant accomplishments in this office?
I am proud to have had key components of my job training bill incorporated into the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act that was passed into law on July 22 this year. My LEAP Act, which uses the very successful South Carolina apprenticeship model to expand the program nationwide, also has bipartisan backing.
I believe that it is our duty and privilege to care for and honor our veterans. I have been extremely active in addressing the problems at the VA as well as holding open forums to learn what veterans have experienced first hand.
I have also had the honor of hosting three events across the state to recognize the incredible sacrifices that veterans and their families have made in serving our country. Last year 500Korean War era veterans were honored in two ceremonies, and this past month, over 1,900 Vietnam War era veterans were recognized in a very moving ceremony.
4. Describe at least one significant political position you hold that would clash with your political base.
I would challenge the notion that you would ever find any group of people that would agree on everything, but in terms of my party broadly, I prefer to think of the GOP not as the Grand Old Party, but rather the Great Opportunity Party.
I believe that we need to focus more of our efforts on forward-looking policies that create more opportunities to help people get the skills they need to enter or re-enter the job market qualified for good-paying jobs. We must ensure that a child’s zip code doesn’t determined whether or not they get a good education, and see that tomorrow’s leaders are given a good foundation to stand on.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics complaint filed against you? If so, please give the details.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?
Growing up poor in North Charleston, I understand uniquely the challenges faced by kids struggling in school and folks working hard to make ends meet. With two brothers in the armed services, I have a deep respect and appreciation for those who serve our nation.
Having been a small business owner, I know that only the private sector can create jobs, and sometimes the best thing the government can do is to get out of the way.