Sen. Tim Scott

Sen. Tim Scott

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Democracy Score

Did not sign Texas amicus brief
Affirmed certification of all states' electoral college votes
Made no public statements about the election, or was evasive
Voted against impeachment or conviction of Donald Trump for inciting an insurrection
Voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack
Did not vote on holding Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress


Sen. Tim Scott serves as the junior senator from the state of South Carolina.

Sen. Scott was initially slow to admitting the 2020 election was free and fair, saying in a statement that “voting irregularities and allegations of fraud must be thoroughly vetted and investigated, and I would encourage anyone with concrete evidence of either to come forward. This week has shown us that transparency must be increased.” Despite this reluctance, he eventually dismissed efforts to overturn the election results, saying “there is no constitutionally viable means for the Congress to overturn an election wherein the states have certified and sent their Electors.”

After the Capitol was attacked on Jan. 6, Sen. Scott failed to hold Donald Trump accountable for his role in inciting the attack and voted against impeachment. He minimized the importance of the trial in a statement announcing his opposition, asserting “the Senate is faced with the time-consuming task of determining the merits of yet another Article of Impeachment on now former President Trump. We need to get back to the people’s work.”