Jim DeMint

American politician Jim DeMint

James Warren "Jim" DeMint is the junior United States Senator from South Carolina, serving since 2005. He is a member of the Republican Party and a leading member in the Tea Party movement. He previously served as the United States Representative for from 1999 to 2005. On December 6, 2012, he announced plans to resign from the Senate in early January 2013 to become president of The Heritage Foundation.
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Jim DeMint talks 'drain the sewer' slogan
Fox News - 7 months
Former senator unveils new partnership
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Jim DeMint Ousted From Heritage Foundation In Major Shake-Up
NPR - 10 months
The move comes amid growing concerns over the direction of the influential conservative think tank, which the former South Carolina senator had led the past four years. (Image credit: Susan Walsh/AP)
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Source: DeMint likely to resign from Heritage on Tuesday
CNN - 10 months
Jim DeMint is likely to resign as the president of the Heritage Foundation, the influential right-wing think tank, at the organization's board meeting Tuesday, a source familiar with the board's thinking told CNN.
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Jim DeMint Is Said to Be Out at Heritage Foundation
NYTimes - 10 months
The anticipated shake-up comes at an inopportune time for the group, with several major pieces of conservative legislation on the agenda in Congress.
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Jim DeMint: America is ready for a tax reform fight
Fox News - about 1 year
Heritage Foundation president reacts
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I Don't Care Who Killed JFK
Huffington Post - about 2 years
The controversy over who killed President John F. Kennedy has now raged for over half a century. Every year on November 22, Americans regurgitate the debate over who was responsible for JFK's murder in 1963. It is a diversion and a waste of time. It is more important to learn from the successes and mistakes of Kennedy's presidency, to reflect on the changes that have occurred since his death, and to restore the hope for a better society and a peaceful world that JFK -- despite his many contradictions -- inspired. But the question of who killed Kennedy will never be resolved. Assassination buffs, for whom the JFK murder is a cult-like obsession, are locked into their views. Proponents of different theories argue and make claims, but they don't really debate. They look at many of the same facts and come to very different conclusions. Whether you believe the Warren Commission that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman acting on his own, or one of the many conspiracy theories that...
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Jim DeMint Channels Elizabeth Warren
Huffington Post - about 3 years
At the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit, I asked Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint what issue would be his organization's top policy priority in the race to 2016. Striking a populist tone, the former South Carolina senator replied that Heritage would be operating under the banner of "opportunity for all, favoritism for none," in a fight against crony capitalism. The same theme has been taken up by billionaire oil baron Charles Koch, without irony. Mind you that Heritage is a think tank funded largely by wealthy, right-wing foundations and corporations, including many with ties to the Koch brothers, whose political spending is projected to surpass that of either party in the 2016 race. The founding of Heritage was reportedly inspired by the Powell Memo, written by former Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and addressed to a friend at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It advocated for the business community to become much more politically active and is credited with jumpstar...
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GOP Sen. Tim Scott Says Fighting For Corporate America Is A 'Trap'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was amused, more than anything else, by his upcoming cameo in a NowThis News video referencing the Netflix series "House of Cards." One of the next things on Scott's schedule that day was the taping of his short scene. The 48-year-old senator padded over to a couch in his Capitol Hill office and planted his shoeless feet, clad in blue-and-pink patterned socks, on a coffee table. He pulled out his phone to find the line that he had been asked to memorize. "I've looked at it once. My line that I have to remember, it's, 'The nature of promises, Linda, is that they are immune to changing circumstances,'" he said with a wry grin and a mock serious tone. Asked if he had ever watched the Netflix show, he said, "Never. I heard it was really good though." Scott has been a senator for barely a year. Only six years ago, he was a member of the county council in his home town of Charleston, S.C. Since then, he has enjoyed a quick rise to political prom...
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VIDEO: Former Senator Jim DeMint ‘On the Record’
Fox News - about 4 years
Watch our interview from tonight’s ON THE RECORD State of the Union special and sound off on the Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. The post VIDEO: Former Senator Jim DeMint ‘On the Record’ appeared first on Gretawire.
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Former Senator Jim DeMint — joins ON THE RECORD to tell us about the TEA PARTY response to the SOTU
Fox News - about 4 years
The post Former Senator Jim DeMint — joins ON THE RECORD to tell us about the TEA PARTY response to the SOTU appeared first on Gretawire.
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Kentucky Republican Primary Heats Up As McConnell, Bevin Campaigns Hurl Insults
Huffington Post - about 4 years
U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin on Thursday criticized his rival, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in a policy-oriented speech titled "A Path Forward for Kentucky." In the speech, which lasted approximately 30 minutes, Bevin sounded many of the same notes as McConnell in denouncing the Affordable Care Act and environmental regulations aimed at the coal industry. But he also took aim at McConnell's track record as a leader in the Senate. “Never before in U.S. political history has a sitting party leader lost a primary election, but never in our history has it been so important that one does,” Bevin said, accusing McConnell of supporting "big business" rather than his constituents. Standing room only at today's speech. Thanks for the great turnout! #KYSen pic.twitter.com/rbfyFWLeox — Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) January 9, 2014 Bevin is a tea party-backed businessman who is president of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing, a bell manufacturing company located in Connectic...
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I Don't Care Who Killed JFK
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The controversy over who killed President John F. Kennedy has now raged for half a century. Too much of the discussion about the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death has been regurgitating the debate over who was responsible for his murder. It is a diversion and a waste of time. It is more important to learn from the successes and mistakes of Kennedy's presidency, to reflect on the changes that have occurred since his death, and to restore the hope for a better society and a peaceful world that JFK -- despite his many contradictions -- inspired. The question of who killed Kennedy will never be resolved. Assassination buffs, for whom the JFK murder is a cult-like obsession, are locked into their views. Proponents of different theories argue and make claims, but they don't really debate. They look at many of the same facts and come to very different conclusions. Whether you believe the Warren Commission that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman acting on his own, or one of th...
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Why Hillary Clinton Should Not Be The Democratic Presidential Nominee
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The biggest problem in the U.S. now is corruption. The public know this, and are therefore unprecedentedly cynical about their government; they (as will soon be documented here from a Gallup survey) overwhelmingly view our government as being corrupt. However, conservatives accept corruption as the natural order of things, something that must simply be accepted, because the rich have the most property to protect and therefore (in the view of conservatives) the rich have the right to rule so as to protect their property (since they have the most of it). Furthermore, conservatives think that the rich have earned their wealth by selling what people want, and have therefore already proven their superiority -- they've earned their control over the government. In the view of conservatives, poor people have the least property to protect, and should therefore have the least say in government. The poor are also failures economically; nobody wants to be poor; and so conservatives are doubly favo...
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Conservative groups seek control of GOP agenda
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Tea party allies like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America showed their might by insisting that the GOP embrace the government shutdown that hurt the nation's economy and the party's reputation. Mainstream GOP groups — such as Karl Rove's American Crossroads or the party's formal campaign committees — question their more conservative counterparts' role, fed up by their outsized influence in shaping the party's current agenda. [...] Republicans suggest that not since the Christian Coalition of the 1990s have outside forces played such a sweeping, integral role in guiding Republican priorities as the tea party-led fiscal conservatives have in the ongoing budget debate. [...] divisions on display between the Republican Party's pragmatic and ideological wings — and their affiliated outside groups — carry huge risk for the GOP heading into the 2014 midterm congressional elections. [...] tea party-aligned groups already are spending millions of dollars calli...
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 64
    After DeMint announced his resignation from the US Senate to become president of the Heritage Foundation, speculation erupted that he would run for president in 2016.
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  • 2013
    Age 61
    On April 4, 2013, DeMint started his first full day as president of the Heritage Foundation.
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    DeMint resigned from the Senate on January 1, 2013, to become president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
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  • 2012
    Age 60
    On December 6, 2012, DeMint announced he would resign from the Senate before the 113th Congress convened in January 2013 to become president of The Heritage Foundation.
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    In 2012, DeMint resigned his seat in order to become president of the Heritage Foundation.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 58
    On October 1, 2010, DeMint, in comments that echoed what he had said in 2004, told a rally of his supporters that openly homosexual and unmarried sexually active people should not be teachers.
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    Prior to the 2010 elections, DeMint founded the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), a political action committee that is "dedicated to electing strong conservatives to the United States Senate" and that is associated with the Tea Party movement.
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    DeMint was reelected in 2010, at which time he became the highest-ranking elected official associated with the Tea Party.
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  • 2009
    Age 57
    DeMint voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in December 2009, and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
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    After the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253 in December 2009, DeMint stated that President Obama had not put enough focus on terrorism while in office.
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    In late 2009, DeMint criticized Barack Obama for waiting eight months into his first term as president before nominating a new head of the Transportation Security Administration.
    In October 2009, after the Honduran Army, on orders from the Honduran Supreme Court, removed Manuel Zelaya as President, DeMint visited the country to gather information.
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  • 2008
    Age 56
    In a 2008 interview, he said that while government does not have the right to restrict homosexuality, it also should not encourage it through legalizing same-sex marriage, due to the "costly secondary consequences" to society from the prevalence of certain diseases among homosexuals.
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    DeMint was opposed to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and the bailouts during the automotive industry crisis of 2008–2010.
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    In 2008, presidential candidates John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama co-sponsored DeMint's earmark reform proposal, although it ultimately failed to pass in the Senate.
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    In 2008, DeMint formed the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee with the intention of supporting conservative candidates that may have otherwise been overlooked by the national party.
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  • 2006
    Age 54
    In 2006, DeMint began leading the Senate Steering Committee.
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  • 2004
    Age 52
    In November 2004, DeMint defeated Inez Tenenbaum, South Carolina's education superintendent, to fill Ernest Hollings' vacated seat in the 109th United States Congress.
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  • 2003
    Age 51
    In 2003, DeMint sponsored legislation to allow people under the age of 55 to set aside 3 percent to 8 percent of their Social Security withholding income in personal investment accounts.
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    DeMint pledged to serve only three terms in the House, and in 2003 he announced his run for the Senate seat of outgoing Democrat Ernest Hollings in the 2004 election cycle.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 47
    DeMint was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999 and served South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District until 2005, when he was elected to the U.S. Senate.
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  • 1998
    Age 46
    In 1998, Inglis ran for the U.S. Senate, and DeMint left his firm to run for Inglis’ old seat.
  • 1992
    Age 40
    DeMint’s first involvement in politics began in 1992, when he was hired by Republican Representative Bob Inglis in his campaign for South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 31
    In 1983, he founded The DeMint Group, a research firm with businesses, schools, colleges, and hospitals as clients.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 29
    DeMint joined his father-in-law’s advertising firm in Greenville in 1981, working in the field of market research.
  • 1973
    Age 21
    DeMint was educated at Christ Church Episcopal School and Wade Hampton High School in Greenville. DeMint played drums for a cover band called Salt & Pepper. He received a bachelor's degree in 1973 from the University of Tennessee, where he was a part of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and received an MBA in 1981 from Clemson University.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on September 2, 1951.
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