The Republican National Committee honored three members of Congress at their 3rd Annual Black Republican Trailblazer Awards Luncheon Wednesday.
In honor of Black History Month, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), along with Reps. Mia Love (R-UT) and Will Hurd (R-TX), were celebrated by the party as present day history makers. A special tribute was made posthumously to the late Sen. Edward Brooke, III (R-MA), the first black American popularly elected to the United States Senate.
“As I accept the award as a trailblazer, I really want to make sure that I highlight the real trailblazers -- and on their shoulders I stand,” Scott said as he received the award. “I thought about my grandfather, and in his lifetime -- one man’s lifetime -- you can go from picking cotton to having a family member in Congress. And I was not the most cooperative young man by the way.”
Scott is the first black Senator elected from the South since Reconstruction.