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DeMint to Leave Senate and Lead Heritage Foundation

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) this week announced that he will depart from the Senate in January in order to become the new president of the Heritage Foundation.  Senator DeMint will replace Dr. Edwin Feulner, a founder of the 40-year-old think tank, whom Heritage Chairman of the Board Thomas Saunders declared "has made Heritage not just a permanent institution on Capitol Hill, but the flagship organization of the entire conservative movement.” 

Senator DeMint stated, “I'm leaving the Senate now, but I'm not leaving the fight. I've decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas.”

First elected to Congress in 1998 after 20 years as a business owner, Senator DeMint had hinted that he would not seek a new Senate term after his current one ended in 2016. Still, the move this week surprised many in Washington.  Senator DeMint was slated to be the top Republican on the powerful Senate Commerce Committee in the new session of Congress.  Senator John Thune (R-SD) is next in line in seniority, followed by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS).

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations

Published: December 7, 2012

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