It is widely expected that the Republicans next month will take back a number of House seats that they have lost since 2006. What has been little noticed that one of these new congressional representatives is an African-American from Charleston, SC named Tim Scott. Watch a Scott campaign video below.

Scott’s history begins like Barack Obama’s. His father left the household when he was very young. However, Scott’s life turned around when he got a got a part-time job at a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Scott claims that the manager taught him the values of hard work and entrepreneurship. Since then, Scott, 45, has become a businessman and conservative Republican. Scott is a Tea Party supporter and rejects the media-driven notion that the movement is racially inspired.

It is anticipated that Scott will become the first black Republican elected from the Deep South since Reconstruction. There are currently 42 African-Americans in the House, all of them Democrats. The last Republican to serve was J.C. Watts from Oklahoma, who left the House in 2003.

Historically, there is a difference between African-Americans and white voters, basically. For whites, as their income increases, they are more likely to vote Republican, and vice versa. For blacks, this does not hold true. Instead, until now, what distinguishes black Republicans from their Democratic counterparts is the salience that they attach to pro-family issues, particularly abortion and gay rights. For higher income blacks, theyusually remain connected politically to their poorer brethren through racial solidarity, and remain solidly Democratic.

The Republican Party is lessening the prominence of these issues, and instead emphasizing economic issues. As well, Obama is the titular head of the Democratic Party. Thus, I had thought that there was little likelihood that Republicans would increase the percentage of African-Americans who vote for its candidates. But it may be that there is a new breed of African-American conservative that more fits the model of whites. This new group would be those who celebrate the values of entrepreneurship and liberty. This could very well lead to a divide which is similar to whites.

Well, since the passage and implementation of the civil rights laws, there has been a dichotomization of African-Americans. Those who took advantage of the legislation by opting for a better education, then using that schooling to find jobs, have moved into the middle-class and have many of the same concerns as middle-class whites do; taking care of their family, educating their kids, and being concerned about crime. Perhaps it is now time for them to evolve from single-issue voters as well.

See Tim Scott’s campaign video here.