Monday, December 17, 12:00 PM: Gov. Haley will hold a press conference to announce her appointment to fill the vacancy created by United States Senator Jim DeMint’s retirement, Upstairs lobby outside the House and Senate chambers, Statehouse, Columbia, S.C. – (Source: Governor Nikki Haley Office)
Governor Nikki Haley will name Lowcountry House member Tim Scott to succeed U.S. Senator Jim DeMint
The governor will make the announcement at noon at the State House in Columbia. She began informing the roster of finalists on Monday morning about her decision to go with Mr. Scott, who was the preferred candidate of many conservative leaders and groups in Washington.
Before making her selection, Haley said she would not consider a “placeholder” senator who would pledge to only hold the office until the special election.
“While there are some good arguments in favor of that approach, I believe the better case is against it,” she said in a statement last week.
The day after DeMint’s announcement, Haley vowed to pick his immediate successor quickly and choose someone “who has the same philosophy of government that Jim DeMint and I share.”