Tim Scott takes the oath of office on January 3, 2013.
Washington, D.C. (WLTX) - Tim Scott is now officially South Carolina's newest senator.
Scott, 47, took the oath of office in the Senate chamber Thursday just after noon. Vice-President Joe Biden presided over the swearing-in.
Governor Nikki Haley appointed him to replace Jim DeMint last month, after DeMint resigned to become the leader of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative thinktank. Previous Coverage: Tim Scott Picked to Replace DeMint
Before coming to the Senate, Scott served two years as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's First Congressional District.
Before coming to Congress, Scott served 13 years on the Charleston County Council.
Scott's ascension to the Senate makes history: he is the first African-American in the Senate from the Deep South since Reconstruction, and is the only African-American in the current Senate.
Scott will have to face a special election for the Senate seat in 2014.