South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed Rep. Tim Scott to replace Sen. Jim DeMint in the US Senate. DeMint is leaving the Senate to take the helm of the Heritage Foundation.

Tim Scott is a Tea Party favorite, and becomes the first black Senator to represent the Palmetto state. Scott has tried in his brief stint on Congress to not make his race a definition of his office, even opting not to join the Congressional Black Caucus.

Scott will serve until a special election for the Senate seat in held in 2014. Meanwhile, the race is already on to fill Scott’s Congressional seat, which was once held by Strom Thurmond before he was elected to the Senate. Among those considering a run is former Gov. Mark Sanford, famous for leaving the state with whereabouts unknown to carry on an affair.