U.S. Sen. Tim Scott
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, a conservative Republican from South Carolina, will speak Nov. 16 at UofL as part of the McConnell Center’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

The free, public talk begins at 10 a.m. in Bigelow Hall, Miller Information Technology Center, Belknap Campus.

Scott, 50, was appointed in 2013 to fill a vacant Senate seat in South Carolina and regained the seat last year in a special election. He sits on four Senate committees – Commerce, Science and Transportation; Energy and Natural Resources; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

One of only two African-Americans in the Senate, he is the first African-American senator elected in his home state and the first African-American senator elected in the U.S. South since 1881.

A Charleston, S.C. native who has worked in the insurance and real estate industries, Scott favors repeal of the Affordable Care Act, supports a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget and is a staunch advocate of his state’s right-to-work laws.

From 2011 to 2013, he represented South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he sat on the House Rules Committee. Before that, he served in South Carolina’s legislature and on Charleston’s County Council.

The non-partisan McConnell Center, created in 1991, prepares Kentucky’s top college students to become leaders and offers civic education for teachers, students and the public. Its Distinguished Lecture Series has brought 47 high-profile leaders to UofL’s campus.

Tickets for Scott’s talk are free but required for attendance. For more, contact 502-852-1473.

Paid parking for the event is available at the Speed Art Museum Garage, 2035 South Third St., and the Floyd Street Parking Garage, 2126 S. Floyd St.

Matt Lambert
Matt has served in multiple communications and marketing roles since joining UofL in 2012 and is currently a communications specialist in charge of national media outreach for research and academics. He came to UofL following a successful tenure as the Associate Director of Public Affairs and External Relations at Loyola University New Orleans. In his 20-plus year career in communications, Matt has worked as an award-winning journalist, owned his own political consulting firm and served as a communications director in the U.S. Congress. He is not only employed by UofL, but also a recent graduate, earning his MBA from the College of Business in May 2016.