Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint
Jim DeMint.jpg
President of The Heritage Foundation
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 4, 2013
Preceded by Edwin Feulner
United States Senator
from South Carolina
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 1, 2013
Preceded by Ernest Hollings
Succeeded by Tim Scott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Bob Inglis
Succeeded by Bob Inglis
Personal details
Born James Warren DeMint
(1951-09-02) September 2, 1951 (age 62)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Debbie
Children 4
Alma mater University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Clemson University
Profession Businessman
Religion Presbyterian

James Warren "Jim" DeMint (born September 2, 1951) is an American politician who was a United States Senator from South Carolina from 2005 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party and a leading member in the Tea Party movement.[1][2][3] He previously served as the United States Representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district from 1999 to 2005. DeMint resigned from the Senate on January 1, 2013, to become president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.[4]

Early life, education, and personal life[edit]

DeMint was born in Greenville, South Carolina, one of four children. His parents, Betty W. (née Rawlings) and Thomas Eugene DeMint,[5] divorced when he was five years old.[6] Following the divorce, Betty DeMint operated a dance studio out of the family's home.[7][8]

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.[9] He received a bachelor's degree in 1973 from the University of Tennessee,[10] where he was a part of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and received an MBA in 1981 from Clemson University.[10] DeMint's wife Debbie is one of three children of Greenville advertising entrepreneur James Marvin Henderson, Sr.[11]

Professional life before Congress[edit]

DeMint joined his father-in-law’s advertising firm in Greenville in 1981, working in the field of market research.[12][10] In 1983, he founded The DeMint Group, a research firm with businesses, schools, colleges, and hospitals as clients.[12] 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. Inglis defeated three-term incumbent Democrat Liz J. Patterson, and DeMint performed message-testing and marketing for Inglis through two more successful elections.[13] In 1998, Inglis ran for the U.S. Senate, and DeMint left his firm to run for Inglis’ old seat.[10][13]

Congress[edit]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

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.[14] His peers elected him to be president of his GOP freshman class.[15][16] 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.[12]

The Washington Post and The Christian Post have described DeMint as a "staunch conservative", based on his actions during his time in the House.[17][18] He 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.[15] He sought to replace No Child Left Behind with a state-based block-grant program for schools.[12] DeMint also worked to privatize Social Security by allowing the creation of individual investment accounts in the federal program. 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.[12] DeMint was also the only South Carolina House member to vote for normalizing trade relations with China, arguing in favor of free trade between the countries. He also provided a crucial swing vote on a free trade bill regarding Caribbean countries. His votes led South Carolina’s influential textile industry to heavily oppose him in his subsequent House and Senate races.[19][20]

U.S. Senate[edit]

First term[edit]

In November 2004, DeMint defeated Inez Tenenbaum, South Carolina's education superintendent, to fill Ernest Hollings' vacated seat in the 109th United States Congress.[21] For his first term, he was appointed to the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging.[22] In 2006, DeMint began leading the Senate Steering Committee.[23] DeMint also served as a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.[24][25] 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.[26]

As a member of the 111th United States Congress, DeMint joined the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.[27] In 2009, 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.[28][29] Later in 2010, he introduced another piece of legislation titled the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny, which aimed to require congressional approval of any major regulation change made by a federal agency.[30] At the end of his first term, DeMint was appointed to the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee regarding the impeachment of federal judge Thomas Porteous.[31]

Second term[edit]

DeMint was reelected in 2010, at which time he became the highest-ranking elected official associated with the Tea Party.[32] During the first year of his second term, DeMint released a letter signed by over 30 other Senate Republicans asking the supercommittee tasked with balancing the federal budget to do so within the next ten years, and without creating any net tax increases.[33] In 2012, DeMint resigned his seat in order to become president of the Heritage Foundation.[34]

Political positions[edit]

Jim DeMint is a member of the Republican Party[35] and is aligned with the Tea Party movement.[36] In 2011, DeMint was identified by Salon as one of the most conservative members of the Senate.[35][36][37] He founded the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee (PAC), which supports conservative, small government, Tea Party–allied Republican politicians in primary challenges and general elections.[38][39] In 2013, the PAC endorsed a strategy to defund the Affordable Care Act that culminated in the 2013 shutdown of the federal government.[40]

Jim DeMint speaking at rally for United States Senate candidate Rand Paul in October 2010

US economy and budget[edit]

Throughout his political career, DeMint has favored a type of tax reform that would replace the federal income tax with a national sales tax and, in addition, abolish the Internal Revenue Service.[41] He has supported many changes to federal spending, such as prioritizing a balanced budget amendment instead of increasing the national debt limit.[42] As a senator, DeMint proposed a two-year earmark ban to prevent members of Congress from spending federal money on projects in their home states.[39] 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.[43] In March 2010, DeMint's earmark reform plans were again defeated.[44] In November of the same year, DeMint, along with nine other senators including Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, proposed another moratorium on earmarks which was adopted by Senate Republicans.[45][46]

DeMint has also 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 afford health insurance.[41][47][48]

DeMint was opposed to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and the bailouts during the automotive industry crisis of 2008–2010. He also led a group of Senators in opposing government loans to corporations.[49][50] He supports a high level of government accountability through the auditing federal agencies.[49]

Clashes with Obama administration[edit]

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.[51] The trip was approved by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell but opposed by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry. DeMint supported the new government, while the Obama administration favored Zelaya's return to the presidency.[51]

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.[52] 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.[52]

Foreign policy[edit]

In 1999, DeMint voted against the NATO intervention during the Kosovo war.[49] DeMint voted to authorize military force in Iraq in 2002.[49] In 2011, DeMint voted in favor of Rand Paul's resolution opposing military involvement in Libya.[36][49] He favored preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons over a policy of containment after their development.[53]

DeMint has also 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.[54][55] DeMint favors legal immigration and opposes granting amnesty to illegal immigrants.[56] He 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.[57][58][59]

Social issues[edit]

DeMint identifies as pro-life, opposing abortion except when the mother's life is in danger[60][61] and opposing research from stem cells derived from human embryos.[62][63] He supports school prayer and introduced legislation to allow schools to display banners including references to God.[60]

DeMint voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, in December 2009,[64] and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.[65]

He voted in favor of declaring English the official language of the US government.[56]

Campaigns[edit]

1998 through 2002[edit]

DeMint served as an informal advisor to Fourth District congressman Bob Inglis from 1993 to 1999.[66] When Inglis kept his promise to serve only three terms and gave up his seat to run for the Senate against Fritz Hollings. DeMint entered the Republican primary for the district, which includes Greenville and Spartanburg. The district is considered the most Republican in the state, and it was understood that whoever won the primary would be heavily favored to be the district's next congressman.

DeMint finished second in the primary behind State Senator and fellow Greenville resident Michael Fair, even though he didn't carry a single county in the district.[67] In the runoff, DeMint defeated Fair by only 2,030 votes.[68] He then defeated Democratic State Senator Glenn Reese with 57 percent of the vote to Reese's 40 percent—to date, the only time since 1992 that a Democrat has crossed the 40 percent mark in this district since Inglis recaptured it for the Republicans in 1992.[69] DeMint faced no major-party opposition in 2000, and defeated an underfunded Democrat in 2002.

2004[edit]

DeMint declared his candidacy for the Senate on December 12, 2002, after Hollings announced that he would retire after the 2004 elections. DeMint was supposedly the White House's preferred candidate in the Republican primary.

In the Republican primary on June 8, 2004, DeMint placed a distant second, 18 percentage points behind former governor David Beasley and just barely ahead of Thomas Ravenel. Ravenel endorsed DeMint in the following runoff. DeMint won the runoff handily, however.

DeMint then faced Democratic state education superintendent Inez Tenenbaum in the November general election. DeMint led Tenenbaum through much of the campaign and ultimately defeated her by 9.6 percentage points. DeMint's win meant that South Carolina was represented by two Republican Senators for the first time since Reconstruction, when Thomas J. Robertson and John J. Patterson served together as Senators.

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, DeMint also stated that single mothers who live with their boyfriends should similarly be excluded from being educators.[70][71] He later apologized for making the remarks, saying they were "distracting from the main issues of the debate." He also noted that these were opinions based on his personal values, not issues he would or could deal with as a member of Congress.[72] 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.[73]

Jim DeMint (R) 53.7%
Inez Tenenbaum (D) 44.1%
Patrick Tyndall (Constitution) 0.8%
Rebekah Sutherland (Libertarian) 0.7%
Tee Ferguson (United Citizens Party) 0.4%
Efia Nwangaza (Green) 0.3%

2010[edit]

DeMint campaigning in Erlanger, Kentucky with Congressman Ron Paul of Texas for Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Congressman Geoff Davis of Kentucky in 2010.

DeMint won re-nomination in the Republican Party primary. Democratic Party opponent Alvin Greene won an upset primary victory over Vic Rawl, who was heavily favored. Due to various electoral discrepancies, Greene received scrutiny from Democratic Party officials, with some calling for Greene to withdraw or be replaced.[74] DeMint consistently led Greene by more than 30 points throughout the campaign and won reelection by a landslide.

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.[75][76][77] As of February 2011, DeMint continued to serve as Chair of SCF, which states that it raised $9.1 million toward the 2010 U.S. Senate elections and which endorsed successful first-time Senate candidates Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ron Johnson, Marco Rubio .[78] DeMint also supported Joe Miller of Alaska through the SCF. Miller was an attorney and former federal magistrate and the Tea Party's candidate opposing Lisa Murkowski the incumbent senator in the Alaska primary. Miller won in a close election, however Murkowski ran as a write in candidate and won the election by 39.1% to Miller's 35.1% and by a popular vote of 101,091 to 90,839 respectively.

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.[79] In response, the National Organization for Women, the National Education Association, the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, GOProud, a GOP group, and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force asked for Demint’s apology.[70][80]

The Heritage Foundation[edit]

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.[4][81] On December 17, 2012, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced that she would name Congressman Tim Scott to fill the vacated seat.[82] A special election will be held on November 4, 2014, to fill the remainder of the term. On April 4, 2013, DeMint started his first full day as president of the Heritage Foundation.[83] The Washington Post reported that DeMint's predecessor at the Heritage Foundation, Ed Feulner, was paid a base salary of $477,097 in 2010 (compared to a senator's salary of $174,000) and that year DeMint was one of the poorest members of the Senate, with an estimated wealth of $40,501.[84]

Possible 2016 Presidential Run[edit]

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. When asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if he would've stayed in the Senate had Mitt Romney won the presidency, DeMint responded "I would have thought differently about it". [85]

Works by DeMint[edit]

  • Why We Whisper: Restoring Our Right to Say It's Wrong, with J. David Woodard. Rowman & Littlefield. 2007.
  • Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide Into Socialism. Fidelis. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8054-4957-0. 
  • The Great American Awakening: Two Years that Changed America, Washington, and Me. B&H Books. 2011. ISBN 978-1-4336-7279-8. 
  • Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse. Center Street, 2012.

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