The first black senator in South Carolina's history is preparing for his first full week in congress.
Gov. Nikki Haley chose Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the state's 4th congressional district.
After he was sworn into office this week, the Republican senator called the 113th congress one of the most diverse.
"We find our nation making decisions based on the content of the character and not the color of the skin and I imagine that trend will continue," Scott said.
Scott is the first black Senator from the south since reconstruction.
"Sen. Scott's appointment is big news," said Dr. David Mitchell, a historian with Wingate University.
Scott's social and fiscal conservative views have helped him gain wide scale support from leaders in his party. Mitchell said Scott and others like Haley, could help the Republican party draw a wider audience.
"I think the Republican Party particularly after the last election is in need of a face lift," Mitchell said.
Scott said what's most important is what his party communicates to the public.
"The Republican Party must communicate to the American people that people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care,” he said.
Scott said he's zeroing in on the nation's debt and wants to help create more jobs. He said one way to do it is through corporate tax restructuring. He said that has already gotten some bi-partisan support.