U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has secured a spot on the House’s powerful Ways and Means Committee next year.

Scott, who has served on the GOP House leadership team since he first took office two years ago, said Friday he was honored and excited.

“Having someone from South Carolina period on the Ways and Means Committee hasn’t happened in almost 30 years,” Scott said.

“I think it’s a huge benefit for the 1st District (Scott’s coastal district) because we’ll have someone who will be able to advocate on behalf of America from a 1st District perspective.”

Reps. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and Todd Young, R-Ind., will join Scott as new members of the committee, the oldest congressional committee and the House’s main tax-writing committee.

Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said all will bring expertise and energy as the committee works to improve the nation’s climate for job creation.

“The fiscal challenges facing America are significant, and the addition of these four members compliments (sic) the tremendous skills and knowledge of our existing Members working to solve these problems,” he said in a statement.

Scott said he felt passionate about tax reform before he was elected to Congress two years ago, “and I look forward to diving straight into the discussion as we look to make the first significant revisions to the tax code in decades.”

His appointment to the 37-member committee was a coup for Scott, who said he had made two unsuccessful bids at getting tapped for the House Committee on Financial Services.

During his first two years, Scott served on the House Rules Committee. Ways and Means’ areas of responsibility include tariffs, trade agreements, the national debt and the revenue-related parts of the Social Security system, Medicare, and social programs.

The last South Carolinian to serve on the Ways and Means Committee was Carroll Campbell in 1986, before his election as governor.

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