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DeMint Leaving Senate to Take Heritage Foundation Position

From The Heritage Foundation:

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) will leave the U.S. Senate next year to become president of The Heritage Foundation, succeeding Edwin J. Feulner, the man who first envisioned the think tank in 1973 and has led it as president for the past 36 years.

Heritage’s Board of Trustees unanimously chose DeMint as the organization’s next leader, starting April 3. DeMint will resign from the Senate and start as president-elect in early January, so he and Feulner can ensure a smooth transition. After April, Feulner will continue serving as Chancellor of the Foundation and Chairman of our Asian Studies Center.

As reported at the Wall Street Journal:

Sen. DeMint’s departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint’s replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.

Mr. DeMint was reelected to a second term in 2010. The 61-year-old senator had announced earlier that he would not seek a third term.

More from the Heritage Foundation announcement: (emphasis added)

Throughout his time in Congress, DeMint has consistently stood for policies that make our country prosperous, strong, and free, even when speaking up for these principles was not the easy path. Along the way, he created a movement of principled conservatives that consistently make the right decisions. The so-called DeMint caucus includes such names as Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and now Ted Cruz–a group that could be called the 1927 Yankees of conservatism. Now DeMint will lead this effort from an intellectual powerhouse–Ronald Reagan’s favorite think tank.

What this means is that the intellectual rigor and innovative ideas of our scholars and researchers, as well as our strong membership base, will now be united with the most effective, principled political leader on Capitol Hill. As everyone knows, this is a crucial time for conservatism, and Heritage must seize the moment.

Despite what you may hear, conservative philosophy hasn’t failed, but we need to help all Americans connect the dots so they can see why bad progressive policies ruin their lives. …

(DeMint and Feulner via Heritage Foundation)


6 Responses to DeMint Leaving Senate to Take Heritage Foundation Position

  1. angels81 December 6, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    Don’t let the door hit you in the ass.

  2. TPAZ December 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm #


  3. Cujo359 December 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    You know, between this and the news about Liz Fowler yesterday, I’m starting to think that “revolving door” isn’t the most appropriate metaphor for the incestuous environment of DC. “Revolving clown car Chinese fire drill” might be closer to the mark.

    Oh, and Liz, don’t let the revolving door hit your ass on the way out and in, either.

    • TPAZ December 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      I’m sure they hated giving Liz a 6-7 figure job in the industry that she beat the snot out of during the ACA negotiations. Why didn’t they bar her from increasing her millionaire status; why, why, why?

  4. Solo December 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    Another Obama hater implodes! LOL! This is the guy who famously said that stopping Obamacare would be the President’s “Waterloo”! But what happens? The President signs Obamacare into law and it survives a Supreme Court challenge. President Obama gets re-elected by a comfortable margin and now Sen. Demint quits. It would seem what Obama said before the election about the GOP fever breaking after the election was right. Pardon me while I gloat!

  5. Mawm December 7, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    DeMint famously said that he would rather have 30 principled Republican senators in Washington rather than 60 unprincipled ones. Let’s make sure he gets his wish.

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