Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint
Jim DeMint.jpg
U.S. Senate, South Carolina
Retired Senator
In office
2005-2013
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, U. S. House of Representatives
1998-2004
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee, 1973
Master'sClemson University, 1981
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 2, 1951
Place of birthGreenville, SC
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jim DeMint (b. September 2, 1951, in Greenville, SC) was a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of South Carolina. DeMint served in the Senate from 2005-2013. On December 6, 2012, DeMint announced he would leave the U.S. Senate to become president of the Heritage Foundation, starting in January 2013. Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley (R) appointed Tim Scott to fill the remainder of DeMint's term.[1][2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DeMint was a "far-right Republican."[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of DeMint's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1973: Received his B.S. from University of Tennessee
  • 1981: Received his M.B.A. from Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.
  • 1999-2005: Served as a Republican in the U.S. Congress
  • 2005-Present: U.S Senator from South Carolina

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2011-2012

Issues

Healthcare programs

DeMint suggested to a town hall audience in Wilmington, Delaware on August 29, 2013, that health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid are “un-American” and built on the principles of “socialism and collectivism.”[5][6]

“I cannot think of anything that’s more un-American than national government-run health care,” DeMint said. “Those who believe in those principles of socialism and collectivism we’ve seen over the centuries, they see as their holy grail taking control of the health care system.”[5]

Though DeMint was referring specifically to the Affordable Care Act, a law the Heritage Foundation is urging Congress to defund, his comments could also apply to existing programs that have more direct government involvement than the ACA.[5]

DeMint warned his town hall audience that the system threatens Americans’ freedoms. “[Health care is] such a personal service, it’s such a big part of the economy,” he said. “If [Democrats] can control that, they can control most areas of our lives.”[5]

Replace Republicans who refuse to defund Obamacare

At a town hall meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 20, 2013, DeMint urged voters to replace any Republican lawmaker unwilling to vote to defund ObamaCare.[7]

DeMint dismissed fears that Republicans would be blamed for a government shutdown, as they were in the 1990s. “The risk of that is so much less than the risk to our country if we implement ObamaCare, and so I’m not as interested in the political futures of folks who think they might lose a showdown with the president,” DeMint said. “I think [President Obama] knows that Republicans are afraid, and if they are, they need to be replaced,” DeMint added in an interview after the meeting.[7]

Emergency room comment

On August 21, 2013, DeMint remarked, in regard to the new Affordable Care Act, that uninsured Americans "will get better health care just going to the emergency room."[8]

Ultrasound requirement for abortions


DeMint's appearance on "Meet the Press" in June 2013.

DeMint, the new head of the conservative Heritage Foundation, claimed on NBC News' "Meet the Press" in June 2013 that women actually enjoy being forced by law to have an ultrasound.[9]

DeMint was referring to states where Republicans have passed “informed consent” laws requiring women to have ultrasounds before having an abortion.[9]

“The more the ultrasounds have become part of the law, where a woman gets the opportunity to see that there’s a real child, it’s beginning to change minds, and I think that’s a good thing,” said DeMint.[9]

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow stated that it was not an "opportunity" to have the procedure, but a requirement by law. “It’s an invasive vaginal forced procedure that a woman cannot say no to by order of the state government," Maddow reminded DeMint.[9]

“She’s forgetting about the thousands of women who want an informed choice, who want the opportunity to get a free ultrasound, which they can get not from Planned Parenthood, but from a lot of these pregnancy centers," claimed DeMint.[9]

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain DeMint did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, DeMint won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Alvin M. Greene and Tom Clements in the general election.[11]

U.S. Senate, South Carolina General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim DeMint Incumbent 62.5% 810,771
     Democratic Alvin M. Greene 28.1% 364,598
     Green Tom Clements 9.4% 121,472
Total Votes 1,296,841

Campaign donors

2010

DeMint won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, DeMint's campaign committee raised a total of $7,199,774 and spent $5,414,447.[12]

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. DeMint paid his congressional staff a total of $2,672,275 in 2011. He ranked 10th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 64th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, South Carolina ranked 29th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, DeMint's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $16,002 and $65,000. That averages to $40,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[14]

National Journal vote ratings

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. DeMint ranked 10th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[15]

Political positions

Voting with party

Jim DeMint voted with the Republican Party 80.0 of the time, which ranked 42 among the 47 Senate Republican members as of November 2011.[16]

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Personal

DeMint and his wife, Debbie, have four children.

External links

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Ernest Hollings
U.S. Senate - South Carolina
2005-2013
Succeeded by
Tim Scott