Political party: Republican
Position you are seeking: U.S. Senate unexpired term
Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: 47
Education: Charleston Southern University
Current occupation/employer: U.S. Senator
Employment, military and volunteer history: U.S. House of Representatives, 2011 to 2013; S.C. House of Representatives, 2009 to 2011; Charleston County Council, 1996 to 2009; former owner, Tim Scott Allstate Insurance; partner, Pathway Real Estate Group; 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
Public offices held: U.S. Senate; U.S. House of Representatives 1st District; S.C. House of Representatives District 117; Charleston County Council
Unsuccessful bids for public office: S.C. State Senate, 42nd District, in 1996
Other prior political and government experience: U.S. Senate; U.S. House of Representatives 1st District; S.C. House of Representatives District 117; Charleston County Council
Key endorsements you've received: Citizens Against Government Waste, Chamber of Commerce, American Conservative Union PAC, SC Citizens for Life, NRA Political Victory Fund
Campaign contributions: $5,912,534
Campaign expenditures: $3,179,063
Biggest contributor: Robert Fitts, $26,000
Why should people vote for you?
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 (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) 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.
What are the three most important issues you would address if elected?
Since I was sworn in to the United States Senate, I have visited all 46 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:
Millions of good-paying jobs sit unfilled in the U.S., largely because people lack the technical skills necessary to fill them. Through my SKILLS Act to reform federal job training and LEAP Act to expand the successful South Carolina apprenticeship model nationally, as well as other initiatives, my goal is to help people gain the skills they need to get the good-paying jobs that would improve their lives.
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 their child. 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.
Families and small businesses have been hit especially hard by the high taxes and excessive regulation imposed by our federal government, but that doesn't have to be the case. We must work together to rein in harmful regulation, simplify the tax code, ease the tax burden on Americans, and curb Washington's spending habit, including through lower taxes and a balanced budget amendment.
What other issues do you see as important?
We must protect America from threats, both domestic and international, and care for the veterans who sacrifice to keep us safe. Cutting out waste, duplication, and excessive spending in the federal government, reducing our national debt, and getting our country back onto sound financial footing are also all crucially important.
What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
I will continue to make it a priority to be available to South Carolinians. Since I was sworn in to the United States Senate, I have visited with people in all 46 counties in South Carolina, hosted town halls and open weekly constituent meetings, and heard your stories in order to better understand your hopes, your goals, and your dreams. I truly value the perspective that is shared and the feedback that I receive -- an informed and active public is vital for our democracy.
Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you?
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, had your mortgage foreclosed, or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes?
Are there any personal details about yourself 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 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.
I was honored to receive your votes in 2012 for the House of Representatives.