|President of the Heritage Foundation|
April 4, 2013 – May 2, 2017
|Preceded by||Edwin Feulner|
|Succeeded by||Edwin Feulner|
|United States Senator|
from South Carolina
January 3, 2005 – January 2, 2013
|Preceded by||Fritz Hollings|
|Succeeded by||Tim Scott|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 4th district
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Bob Inglis|
|Succeeded by||Bob Inglis|
James Warren DeMint
September 2, 1951
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
|Education||University of Tennessee (BA)|
Clemson University (MBA)
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James Warren DeMint (born September 2, 1951) is an American political advocate, businessman, author, and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from South Carolina and as president of the Heritage Foundation. DeMint is a member of the Republican Party and a leading figure in the Tea Party movement; he is also the founder of the Senate Conservatives Fund.
DeMint served as the United States Representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district from 1999 to 2005. He was elected to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina in 2004 and was re-elected in 2010. DeMint served in the Senate until January 1, 2013, when he stepped down to become president of The Heritage Foundation. On May 2, 2017, DeMint resigned his position at Heritage at the request of its board. He later became a senior advisor to Citizens for Self-Governance and became the founding chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute.
Early life, education, family, and early career
DeMint was born in Greenville, South Carolina, one of four children. His parents, Betty W. (née Rawlings) and Thomas Eugene DeMint, divorced when he was five years old. Following the divorce, Betty DeMint operated a dance studio out of the family's home.[verification needed]
DeMint was educated at Christ Church Episcopal School and Wade Hampton High School (Greenville, South Carolina). 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. DeMint's wife, Debbie, is one of three children of the late Greenville advertising entrepreneur and South Carolina Republican figure James Marvin Henderson, Sr.
DeMint joined his father-in-law's advertising firm in Greenville in 1981, working in the field of market research. In 1983, he founded The DeMint Group, a research firm with businesses, schools, colleges, and hospitals as clients.
U.S. House of Representatives
DeMint's first involvement in politics began in 1992, when he was hired by Republican Representative Bob Inglis to work on 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.
In 1998, Inglis ran for the U.S. Senate instead of seeking re-election to the House of Representatives. DeMint left his firm to run for Inglis' House seat. The district was 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 Republican primary behind State Senator and fellow Greenville resident Michael Fair. In the runoff, DeMint narrowly defeated Fair 2,030 votes. He then defeated Democratic State Senator Glenn Reese with 57 percent of the vote to Reese's 40 percent. DeMint faced no major-party opposition in 2000, and defeated an underfunded Democrat in 2002.
The Washington Post and The Christian Post have described DeMint as a "staunch conservative", based on his actions during his time in the House. 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. He sought to replace No Child Left Behind with a state-based block-grant program for schools. 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. 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.
DeMint declared his candidacy for the Senate on December 12, 2002, after Sen. Ernest Hollings announced that he would retire after the 2004 elections. DeMint was 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. 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.
DeMint easily won re-nomination in the Republican Party primary. Democratic Party opponent Alvin Greene won an upset primary victory over Vic Rawl. Greene received scrutiny from Democratic Party officials, with some calling for Greene to withdraw his candidacy or be replaced on the ballot. On November 2, 2010, DeMint defeated Greene by a margin of 63% to 28%, with Green Party candidate Tom Clements receiving 9% of the vote.
In his first term, DeMint 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. In 2006, DeMint began leading the Senate Steering Committee. DeMint also served as a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
As a member of the 111th United States Congress, DeMint joined the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. 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. 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. At the end of his first term, DeMint was appointed to the Senate Impeachment Trial Committee regarding the impeachment of federal judge Thomas Porteous.
After being re-elected in 2010, DeMint became the highest-ranking elected official associated with the Tea Party. 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. In 2012, DeMint announced his resignation from the Senate effective January 2, 2013; he departed to take a job as president of the Heritage Foundation. On December 17, 2012, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley announced that she would name Congressman Tim Scott to fill DeMint's vacated seat.
DeMint is a member of the Republican Party and is aligned with the Tea Party movement. In 2011, DeMint was identified by Salon as one of the most conservative members of the Senate.
Economy and budget
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. He has supported many changes to federal spending, such as prioritizing a balanced budget amendment instead of increasing the national debt limit. 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. 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. In March 2010, DeMint's earmark reform plans were again defeated. 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.
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 to afford health insurance. DeMint opposed President Barack Obama's health care reform efforts, saying of the Affordable Care Act, "If we're able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."
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. He supports a high level of government accountability through the auditing of federal agencies.
In 1999, DeMint voted against the NATO intervention during the Kosovo war. DeMint voted to authorize military force in Iraq in 2002. In 2011, DeMint voted in favor of Rand Paul's resolution opposing military involvement in Libya. He favored preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons over a policy of containment after their development.[better source needed]
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. DeMint favors legal immigration and opposes granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
DeMint blamed Obama for racism in the United States. He said that Obama "took race back to the ’60s, as far as I’m concerned. He made everything a race issue, or at least saw it through a racial lens. The country had moved toward bending over backward to create equality. But then suddenly, with Obama, he just lit the fires. I thought when he was elected that was the big victory, that we had put racism behind us."
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.
DeMint is firmly opposed to same-sex marriage. In his book Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse, DeMint states:
Does government have the right to reshape cultural mores by redefining religious institutions to sanction behavior that is considered immoral by all the world's religions? In America, people should have a right to live with whomever they want, but redefining marriage to promote behavior that is deemed costly and destructive is not the proper role of government.
DeMint also argues that same-sex marriage infringes upon religious liberty:
We just cannot have, particularly the federal government, redefining marriage or telling us what is right or wrong. And if we help America understand that, folks, we're not trying to get the government to do it our way or your way; what we're asking for is the freedom to allow people to live out their faith and values and their lives the way they want. And we believe that our side will win because I'm convinced that most Americans want to have decent moral lives and share our same values. But if the government continues to press in the wrong direction, it begins to change our culture.
DeMint has repeatedly voted for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He has also voted to ban same-sex adoption in Washington, D.C. DeMint drew considerable criticism by saying that openly gay teachers should be banned from teaching in public schools.
In a 2008 interview, DeMint 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 secondhand consequences" to society from the prevalence of certain diseases among homosexuals. 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. In response, the National Organization for Women, the National Education Association, the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, GOProud (a GOP group), and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force asked for DeMint’s apology.
Senate Conservatives Fund
In 2008, DeMint formed the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF), a political action committee with the intention of supporting conservative candidates that may have otherwise been overlooked by the national party. The SCF is associated with the Tea Party movement. It supports conservative Republican politicians in primary challenges and general elections. SCF 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.[better source needed]
DeMint left SCF in 2012.
The Heritage Foundation
On April 4, 2013, DeMint started his first full day as president of the Heritage Foundation. 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.
Citizens for Self-Governance
In June 2017, 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. According to DeMint, "The Tea Party needs a new mission. They realize that all the work they did in 2010 has not resulted in all the things they hoped for. Many of them are turning to Article V." The proposed constitutional convention would impose fiscal restraint on Washington D.C., reduce the federal government's authority over states, and impose term limits on federal officials.
Conservative Partnership Institute
In 2017, DeMint founded the Conservative Partnership Institute, of which he serves as chairman. The stated purpose of the CPI is the professional development of conservative staffers and elected officials.
Works by DeMint
- 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.
- Falling in Love With America Again Center Street, 2014.
- Jim DeMint | TheMediaBriefing Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine
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- "12 in 2012: Senator Jim DeMint " The Special Report Blog". Fox News. November 9, 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
- Miller, John J. (February 22, 2010). "Senator Tea Party". Hey Miller. National Review article, hosted at heymiller.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
- Jessica Rettig (June 22, 2010). "10 things you didn't know about Jim DeMint". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "Legacy of Leadership: James M. Henderson (1921–1995)". knowitall.org. Archived from the original on June 12, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
- "Sen. Jim DeMint (R)". NationalJournal. Retrieved April 3, 2013. (membership required)
- Dave Weigel (December 6, 2012). "How Jim DeMint Changed the Senate". Slate. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "Our Campaigns - SC District 4 - R Primary Race - Jun 09, 1998". www.ourcampaigns.com.
- "Our Campaigns - SC District 4 - R Runoff Race - Jun 23, 1998". www.ourcampaigns.com.
- "Our Campaigns - SC District 4 Race - Nov 03, 1998". www.ourcampaigns.com.
- Dave Weigel (December 6, 2012). "How Jim DeMint Changed the Senate". Slate. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- "Sen. Jim DeMint (R)". National Journal. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Paul Stanley (December 6, 2012). "Sen. Jim DeMint, Tea Party Leader Leaving to Run Conservative Think Tank". The Christian Post. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
- Rachel Weiner (December 6, 2012). "Jim DeMint leaving the Senate". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 17, 2013.
- Joseph Kahn (December 8, 2001). "Wheeling, Dealing and Making Side Deals; Vow to Scrap Latin Textile Deals Wins Vote on Bush Trade Powers". New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Jane Tanner (June 9, 2002). "Business; A Cloth Man With an Iron Will on Trade Policy". New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Heather Brown; Jack Kuenzie; Bret Witt (AP). (November 3, 2004). "Sen. Majority Leader visits DeMint day after victory over Tenenbaum". wistv.com. Columbia, SC: WISTV. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Kinnard, Meg. ["Gay, women's groups want apology from DeMint"], Associated Press, The State, 7 October 2010.[dead link]
- Radnofsky, Louise; Phillips, Michael M. (November 11, 2010). "The Big Read: As U.S. political split widened, a friendship fell into the rift". Wall Street Journal. p. 16.
- Hoover, Dan (6 October 2004)."DeMint apologizes after remarks on gays", Greenville News.
- "South Carolina Primary Results - Election 2010 - The New York Times". www.nytimes.com.
- "SC - Election Results". www.enr-scvotes.org.
- Kinnard, Meg; Press, Associated (June 15, 2010). "Senate candidate Vic Rawl asks for primary redo". SFGate.
- Catanese, David. "Rawl may protest unlikely loss to Greene". POLITICO.
- "Greene's Primary Opponent Calls for Investigation of Election Results". Fox News. March 26, 2015.
- Lach, Eric (June 9, 2010). "SC Dems Asks Alvin Greene To Withdraw From Senate Race". Talking Points Memo. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012.
- "Senate, House, Governor races - Election Center 2010". CNN. December 29, 2010.
- Staff and wire reports (December 21, 2004). "Committee assignments please Sen.-elect DeMint". The Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. p. 3B. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- David Drucker (April 26, 2012). "Pat Toomey to Take Over Steering Committee Chairmanship". Roll Call. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- The Washington Times (November 1, 2007). "Senate panel OKs sea treaty, but fight looms". The Washington Times. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Hugo Martin; Kathleen B. Hennessey (December 29, 2009). "Vote urged to confirm TSA chief". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Emily Pierce (July 23, 2009). "Senate Completes Panel Assignments, With a Few Exceptions". Roll Call. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Steve Chaggaris (January 22, 2009). "Morning Bulletin – Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009". CBS. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Eugene Kiely (March 23, 2010). "Senate GOP introduces bill to repeal new health care law". USA Today. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- David Herszenhorn (September 22, 2010). "DeMint Wants Law to Rein In Regulations". The New York Times. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Ed O'Keefe (September 13, 2010). "First Senate impeachment trial since Clinton starts". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- DiStaso, John (November 9, 2011). "Santorum on nuclear Iran: 'There's no negotiating with these radicals, we have to stop them'". New Hampshire Union Leader. Manchester, N.H.
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- Amanda Paulson (September 20, 2010). "Sen. Jim DeMint and 'tea party': architects of a GOP makeover?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Lisa Mascaro (November 3, 2011). "GOP senators warn super committee on taxes". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Mark Memmott (December 6, 2012). "Sen. Jim DeMint Leaving Congress To Run Heritage Foundation". npr.org. NPR. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Steinhauer, Jennifer & Jeff Zeleny. Tim Scott to Be Named for Empty South Carolina Senate Seat, Republicans Say, New York Times, December 17, 2012.
- Ryan Lizza (June 27, 2013). "McCain Against Heritage". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Meredith Shiner (May 11, 2011). "John McCain: Libya vote unlikely". Politico. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Steve Kornacki (May 12, 2011). "Why healthcare may not doom Mitt Romney after all". Salon. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Joe Conason (October 7, 2004). "The DeMint factor". Salon. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Jonathan Karl (June 24, 2011). "Fighting Words: DeMint Warns Republicans They May Be 'Gone' if They Support Debt Ceiling Increase". ABC. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Raju Chebium (November 12, 2010). "Showdown Looms as Jim DeMint Faction Presses for Earmark Ban". WLTX. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Sen. Jim DeMint says Obey's partial earmark ban wouldn't apply to 90% of earmarks". politifact.com. Politifact. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Humberto Sanchez. "Vote looms for earmarks ban". govexec.com. Gov Exec. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Brian Montopoli (November 9, 2010). "Plan to Ban Earmarks Exposes Republican Split". CBS. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Brian Montopoli (November 18, 2010). "House Republicans Adopt Earmarks Ban in New Congress". CBS. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "DeMint, Tenenbaum debate touches on jobs, insurance, education". WISTV. October 18, 2004. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Republican plans for health care reform similar to Obamacare hd". The Colorado Springs Gazette. September 21, 2009. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Engel, Jonathan (2018). Unaffordable: American Healthcare from Johnson to Trump. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 206.
- "Jim DeMint". ontheissues.org. On The Issues. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Zach Carter (March 24, 2012). "Sen. Jim DeMint's Republican Power Play Snags Boeing". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Jim DeMint on War & Peace" ontheissues.org. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "GOP Democrats spar over UN Disability Treaty in US Senate". Digital Journal. November 28, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "LOST treaty". The Post and Courier. June 6, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Jim DeMint on Immigration". Ontheissues.org. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
- Ryan Grim (June 23, 2013). "GOP Leaders Playing Both Sides On Immigration Reform". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Senate amends immigration bill to bolster border security". Tampa Bay Times. June 26, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Jessica Chasmar (May 5, 2013). "Jim DeMint: Immigration reform will cost Americans trillions". The Washington Times. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- DeMint, Jim (May 15, 2020). "I've Changed My Mind About China. America Should Too". Newsweek. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
- Carol E. Lee (October 2, 2009). "Democrats target Jim DeMint's Honduras trip". Politico. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Daniel Carty (December 30, 2009). "DeMint: Obama "Has Downplayed Terrorism"". CBS. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- Alberta, Tim. "Is This the Last Stand of the 'Law and Order' Republicans?". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
- Senator Jim W. DeMint at Project Vote Smart. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
- "DeMint set to win clash with Tenenbaum". CNN. November 2, 2004. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Jim DeMint on Stem Cell". thepoliticalguide.come. The Political Guide. December 15, 2010. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress - 1st Session". www.senate.gov.
- "U.S. Senate: Legislation & Records Home > Votes > Roll Call Vote". Senate.gov. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Jim DeMint in Now Or Never, by Jim DeMint". OnTheIssues.org. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
- "2012 Values Voters Summit". OnTheIssues.org. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
- "Jim DeMint on Civil Rights". OnTheIssues.org. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
- "SC Senate debate analysis". Charleston City Paper. 2004-10-22. Retrieved 2015-02-17.
- DeMint, Jim. Remarks to Diane Rehm, The Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio, 31 January 2008.
- Shackleford, Lynne P. "DeMint addresses conservative issues at Spartanburg church rally", 2 October 2010.
- Terkel, Amanda. "Teachers Unions Pile on DeMint: 'Ignorance and Hate Go Hand In Hand'", Huffington Post, 7 October 2010.
- Lisa Lerer (September 16, 2010). "Jim DeMint's Path to Power". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved November 1, 2013.
- Good, Chris (1 February 2011). "McConnell's Repeal Vote Rallies the Base". The Atlantic.
- O'Brien, Michael (27 January 2011). "DeMint to Iowa amid denials of presidential run". TheHill.
- Rachel Weiner (June 27, 2013). "Democrats go after Tom Cotton". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
- "Senate Conservatives Fund". www.senateconservatives.com.
- "Sen. Jim DeMint to Resign, Take Over Heritage Foundation". nationalreview.com. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
- Jim DeMint (April 4, 2013). "Morning Bell: Jim DeMint's First Day As Heritage President". The Foundry at heritage.org. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- Rachel Weiner (December 6, 2012). "Jim DeMint leaving the Senate". The Washington Post.
- "Jim DeMint Ousted From Heritage Foundation In Major Shake-Up". NPR. 2017-05-02. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
- Ackley, Kate; Ackley, Kate (2 May 2017). "Former Sen. Jim DeMint Ousted at Heritage Foundation" – via www.rollcall.com.
- "The Heritage Foundation ousts Jim DeMint after power struggle". PBS NewsHour. 2 May 2017.
- Schouten, Fredreka (June 12, 2017). "Exclusive: In latest job, Jim DeMint wants to give Tea Party ' a new mission'". USA Today. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- Lahut, Jake (July 26, 2017). "DeMint launches new group to boost conservatives in Washington". Politico.
- Karni, Annie (June 13, 2018). "Trump White House advertises at a Hill job fair amid staff exodus". Politico.
The fair is being hosted by the Conservative Partnership Institute, an organization founded by former Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint last year.
- Jim DeMint at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from South Carolina
| U.S. Senator (Class 3) from South Carolina
Served alongside: Lindsey Graham
|106th||Senate: Thurmond • Hollings||House: Spence • Spratt • Clyburn • Graham • Sanford • DeMint|
|107th||Senate: Thurmond • Hollings||House: Spence • Spratt • Clyburn • Graham • DeMint • Brown • Joe Wilson|
|108th||Senate: Hollings • Graham||House: Spratt • Clyburn • DeMint • Brown • Joe Wilson • Barrett|
|109th||Senate: Graham • DeMint||House: Spratt • Clyburn • Brown • Inglis • Joe Wilson • Barrett|
|110th||Senate: Graham • DeMint||House: Spratt • Clyburn • Brown • Inglis • Joe Wilson • Barrett|
|111th||Senate: Graham • DeMint||House: Spratt • Clyburn • Brown • Inglis • Joe Wilson • Barrett|
|112th||Senate: Graham • DeMint • Scott||House: Clyburn • Joe Wilson • Sanford • Duncan • Gowdy • Mulvaney • Scott|