Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint
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Former U.S. Senator from South Carolina
From: January 3, 2005 – December 2012
PredecessorErnest Hollings
SuccessorTim Scott
U.S. Representative from South Carolina's 4th District
From: January 6, 1999 – January 3, 2005
PredecessorBob Inglis
SuccessorBob Inglis
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Party Republican
Spouse(s) Debbie DeMint
Religion Christian

Jim DeMint, born September 2, 1951 (age 62), became the head of the Heritage Foundation in December 2012. He was elected on November 2, 2004 as South Carolina’s junior U.S. Senator. An outspoken conservative, he was the conservative leader in the U.S. Senate. DeMint started the very successful Senate Conservatives Fund to raise, from small donors, millions of dollars for conservative candidates, and in July 2012 left that fund to start a Super PAC.[1]

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Early life and education

DeMint was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, he earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee and received his Master's degree from Clemson University. He owned a market research firm in Greenville, the DeMint Group.[2] He remains a member of the Presbyterian Church in America.

United States Senate

DeMint has dedicated his life in public service to defending the values that have made America great -- liberty, free markets and faith. He currently serves on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee and the Joint Economic Committee. DeMint has worked with President George W. Bush to pass tax relief measures, and he cast important votes to end the marriage penalty, repeal the death tax, and increase the amount of money workers can contribute to retirement savings plans. In March of 2007, DeMint was ranked by National Journal as the most conservative United States Senator in their conservative/liberal rankings. In the 2008 Presidential election, he endorsed Republican Mitt Romney, then supported the John McCain campaign.

Demint has been a leading conservative critic of President Obama's policies, saying about his health care plan: "The last time the President made grand promises and demanded passage of a bill before it could be reviewed, we ended up with the colossal stimulus failure and unemployment near 10 percent", [3] referring to the economic stimulus package.

In 2009, Senator DeMint authored the book Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide into Socialism

DeMint announced his resignation from the Senate in December 2012 to become the head of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.[4] He was succeeded by Congressman Tim Scott.

9/12 March On Washington

DeMint attended the September 12th, 2009 TEA party organized in Washington D.C. He spoke at the rally saying he'd had enough of "Alice in Wonderland" politicians promising more programs at the risk of financial disaster. [5]

Term Limits

DeMint is a champion for his belief that the Constitution should be amended to include term limits for Congress. There are many in Congress who pretty much have guaranteed lifetime seats if they want them, corrupted by special interests. DeMint says "Washington politicians are like fruit on the vine: the longer they hang around, the more rotten they get." [6]

References

  1. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78061.html
  2. Short Biography
  3. http://demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=99867a17-09e2-6f21-b777-8f3d2bac8879
  4. Sen. Jim DeMint will step down from Senate, CNN, December 6, 2012
  5. Tea Party Express Takes Washington By Storm, Fox News, September 12, 2009
  6. DeMint tries to ban 'permanent politicians', Washington Times, November 11, 2009

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