Two South Carolinians are part of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.
The State newspaper reports that South Carolina’s junior U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy were chosen by the transition team this week. Scott will act as one of seven vice chairs named in a release that was sent out by the Trump team on Tuesday. Gowdy will be on the executive committee.
Vice President-Elect Mike Pence is leading the transition team, which helps the incoming president navigate the necessary staffing changes, and taking over various White House and government posts from the current Obama Administration.
Neither lawmaker was an initial Trump supporter in the Republican primary. Both men backed Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, although Gowdy officially announced his support for Trump in May after Rubio had dropped out of the race. However, Scott did host Trump in a Columbia town hall as part of a series moderated by Gowdy and himself which would host nearly all the GOP candidates over the course of several months.
Trump has previously announced he plans to nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be his United Nations ambassador. Haley also backed Rubio in the GOP primary.