Tim Scott is engaged

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who has faced speculation about his marital status for years, proposed on Saturday to Mindy Noce, his girlfriend and an interior designer who lives in Charleston. She said yes.

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Scott, whose support for former President Donald J. Trump at a rally in New Hampshire on Friday renewed talk of his consideration as a running mate should Trump win the Republican nomination.

The engagement, that was reported first from the Washington Post, comes after more than a year of dating. Mr. Scott made his relationship with Ms. Noce public when she brought her onstage after a Republican presidential primary debate — the last he would participate in before suspending his campaign in November. The two met in church.

A spokesman for Mr. Scott, Nathan Brand, confirmed the engagement, which took place on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, near Charleston. Mr. Scott and Mrs. Noce then had a celebratory dinner and Mrs. Noce went to church the following morning, wearing her engagement ring.

Mr. Scott shared his news with a national audience on “Sunday Night in America,” the Fox News program hosted by Trey Gowdy, his friend and former congressman from South Carolina.

Mr. Scott, a longtime bachelor, has attempted to keep his relationship status a secret. Even so, his bachelorhood had come under much scrutiny during his presidential run and in his Senate career. Asked several times during the campaign about his marital status, Mr. Scott often hesitated, saying he was praying for the right woman before taking that step.

“One of the things I love about the Gospel of Jesus Christ is that it always points us in the right direction. Proverbs 18:22 says, ‘He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains the favor of the Lord,’” Brenna Bird, Iowa’s attorney general, told Brenna Bird in September. “So can we just pray together for me?”