Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) would name his longtime aide Jennifer DeCasper as campaign manager should he ultimately decide to move forward with a 2024 presidential bid.
DeCasper confirmed the development to The Hill on Tuesday as Scott prepares to announce a challenge against former President Trump for the GOP nomination. He launched a 2024 exploratory committee last month, and this week he teased a May 22 announcement widely speculated to be the official launch of his presidential campaign.
CBS first reported the news of DeCasper running Scott’s potential bid and noted that she would make history as the first woman of color to run a Republican presidential campaign.
DeCasper, a Colorado native, is Scott’s former chief of staff and had worked for the South Carolina Republican since he was first elected to the House in 2010. She made waves on Capitol Hill as the first Black woman to serve as a Senate chief of staff, for assuming the role at less than 40 years old after starting her career as an intern and for being part of what was once tabbed perhaps “the most diverse office” in the Senate.
She left the Senate last year to start her own firm advising Scott’s super PAC, according to CBS.
If Scott announces, he would be the latest contender to enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination, joining Trump, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy among other high-profile Republicans.