Tim Scott to be sworn in today, 1st black Republican senator since 1979

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) (L) participates in a mock swearing-in with his mother Frances Scott and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden swore in the newly-elected and re-elected senators earlier in the day on the floor of the current Senate chamber. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) (L) participates in a mock swearing-in with his mother Frances Scott and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Biden swore in the newly-elected and re-elected senators earlier in the day on the floor of the current Senate chamber. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

South Carolina’s Tim Scott will be sworn in Thursday as the first black Republican member of the Senate since 1979.

He will be the chamber’s only current African-American and the first since Illinois Democrat Roland Burris left Congress in 2010.

Scott, a strong conservative who was elected to the House in 2010 as part of a wave of Tea Party Republicans, was appointed earlier this month to serve out the last two years of Jim DeMint’s term.

He will stand for re-election in 2014 and is a huge favorite in a very conservative state.

In the Senate, he is likely to join the chamber’s most conservative members in opposing much of Obama’s agenda, as he has done the past two years in the House.