Tim Scott was sworn in as a U.S. Senator at about 12:20 p.m. today, marking a dramatic political rise for South Carolinaís most prominent black Republican.

Scott was appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the next two years of former Sen. Jim DeMintís term.

A North Charleston businessman, Scott was elected to Congress in 2010, two years after having become the first black Republican to serve in the S.C. House.

Before then, he had served 13 years on Charleston County Council.

Scott is expected to run for the final two years of DeMintís term in the 2014 general election. His ascension to the Senate also has created a special election for his old 1st Congressional District seat. Filing for that race will begin Jan. 18.

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