56 Facts About Jim DeMint


James Warren DeMint was born on September 2,1951 and is an American lobbyist, businessman, author, and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from South Carolina and as president of The Heritage Foundation.


Jim DeMint is a member of the Republican Party and a leading figure in the Tea Party movement; he is the founder of the Senate Conservatives Fund.


Jim DeMint served as the United States representative for from 1999 to 2005.


Jim DeMint was elected to the US Senate from South Carolina in 2004 and reelected in 2010.


Jim DeMint served in the Senate until January 2,2013, when he stepped down to become president of The Heritage Foundation.


On May 2,2017, Jim DeMint resigned his position at Heritage at the request of its board.


Jim DeMint later became a senior advisor to Citizens for Self-Governance and the founding chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute.

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Jim DeMint was born in Greenville, South Carolina, one of four children.


Jim DeMint attended Christ Church Episcopal School and Wade Hampton High School.


Jim DeMint 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.


Jim DeMint joined his father-in-law's advertising firm in Greenville in 1981, working in the field of market research.


Inglis defeated three-term incumbent Democrat Liz J Patterson, and DeMint performed message-testing and marketing for Inglis through two more successful elections.


Jim DeMint left his firm to run for Inglis' House seat.


Jim DeMint finished second in the Republican primary behind State Senator and fellow Greenville resident Michael Fair.


Jim DeMint then defeated Democratic State Senator Glenn Reese with 57 percent of the vote to Reese's 40 percent.


Jim DeMint faced no major-party opposition in 2000, and defeated an underfunded Democrat in 2002.


Jim DeMint was elected president of the freshman class of House Republicans.


Jim DeMint pledged to serve only three terms in the House.


Jim DeMint broke rank with his party and powerful state interests several times: DeMint was one of 34 Republicans to oppose President Bush's No Child Left Behind program and one of 25 to oppose Medicare Part D Jim DeMint sought to replace No Child Left Behind with a state-based block-grant program for schools.


Jim DeMint worked to privatize Social Security by allowing the creation of individual investment accounts in the federal program.


In 2003, Jim 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.


Jim DeMint was the only South Carolina House member to vote for normalizing trade relations with China, arguing in favor of free trade between the countries.


Jim DeMint provided a crucial swing vote on a free trade bill regarding Caribbean countries.


Jim DeMint's votes led South Carolina's influential textile industry to heavily oppose him in his subsequent House and Senate races.


Jim DeMint declared his candidacy for the Senate on December 12,2002, after Sen.

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Jim DeMint was the White House's preferred candidate in the Republican primary.


Jim DeMint led Tenenbaum through much of the campaign and ultimately defeated her by 9.6 percentage points.


Jim DeMint stirred controversy during debates with Tenenbaum when he stated his belief that openly gay people should not be allowed to teach in public schools.


When questioned by reporters, Jim DeMint stated that single mothers who live with their boyfriends should similarly be excluded from being educators.


Jim DeMint served as a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.


In 2009, Jim DeMint was one of two senators who voted against Hillary Clinton's appointment to Secretary of State, and the next year he introduced legislation to completely repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.


In 2012, Jim DeMint announced his resignation from the Senate effective January 2,2013, to take a job as president of The Heritage Foundation.


Jim DeMint is a member of the Republican Party and is aligned with the Tea Party movement.


In 2011, Jim DeMint was identified by Salon as one of the most conservative members of the Senate.


Jim DeMint has supported many changes to federal spending, such as prioritizing a balanced budget amendment instead of increasing the national debt limit.


Jim DeMint has been a proponent of free trade agreements, advocated for the privatization of Social Security benefits, and in 2009 authored the "Health Care Freedom Plan", which proposed giving tax credits to those who are unable to afford health insurance.


Jim DeMint led a group of senators in opposing government loans to corporations.


In 1999, Jim DeMint voted against the NATO intervention during the Kosovo war.


Jim DeMint voted to authorize military force in Iraq in 2002.


In 2011, Jim DeMint voted in favor of Rand Paul's resolution opposing military involvement in Libya.


Jim DeMint favored preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons over a policy of containment after their development.


Jim DeMint has expressed concern about various United Nations treaties, such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Law of the Sea Treaty.


Jim DeMint has expressed opposition to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 on the basis that granting amnesty to illegal immigrants may cost American taxpayers trillions of dollars.


In October 2009, after the Honduran Army, on orders from the Honduran Supreme Court, removed Manuel Zelaya as president, Jim DeMint visited the country to gather information.


Jim DeMint supported the new government, while the Obama administration favored Zelaya's return to the presidency.

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In late 2009, Jim DeMint criticized Barack Obama for waiting eight months into his first term as president before nominating a new head of the Transportation Security Administration.


Jim DeMint made everything a race issue, or at least saw it through a racial lens.


Jim DeMint opposes abortion except when the woman's life is in danger and opposing research from stem cells derived from human embryos.


Jim DeMint voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, in December 2009, and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.


Jim DeMint voted in favor of declaring English the official language of the US government.


Jim DeMint has repeatedly voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.


Jim DeMint has voted to ban same-sex adoption in Washington, DC DeMint drew considerable criticism by saying that openly gay teachers should be banned from teaching in public schools.


In 2008, Jim 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.


On May 2,2017, Jim DeMint resigned from the Heritage Foundation at the unanimous request of its board, which had lost confidence in his ability to maintain the organization's role as a fount of conservative thinking.


In June 2017, Jim DeMint became a senior advisor to Citizens for Self-Governance, a group which is seeking to call a convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution in order to reduce federal government spending and power.


In 2017, Jim DeMint founded the Conservative Partnership Institute, of which he serves as chairman.