Jim DeMint

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Jim DeMint
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U.S. Senate, South Carolina
Retired Senator
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, U. S. House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee, 1973
Master'sClemson University, 1981
Date of birthSeptember 2, 1951
Place of birthGreenville, SC
Office website
Campaign website
Jim DeMint (b. September 2, 1951, in Greenville, South Carolina) 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]


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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



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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



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.[6]

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

Campaign donors


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.[7]


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 he 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.[8]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[9]

National Journal vote ratings


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.[10]

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.[11]

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DeMint and his wife, Debbie, have four children.

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