|U.S. Senate, South Carolina|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2004|
|Representative, U. S. House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||University of Tennessee, 1973|
|Master's||Clemson University, 1981|
|Date of birth||September 2, 1951|
|Place of birth||Greenville, SC|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Below is an abbreviated outline of DeMint's academic, professional and political career:
- 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
- Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
- Commerce, Science and Transportation
- Foreign Relations
- Economic Committee
Health care 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.”
“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.”
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.
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.”
Replace Republicans who refuse to defund Obamacare
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.
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."
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
|U.S. Senate, South Carolina General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Jim DeMint Incumbent||62.5%||810,771|
|Democratic||Alvin M. Greene||28.1%||364,598|
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.
|U.S. Senate, South Carolina General Election, 2010 - Jim DeMint Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to Jim DeMint's campaign committee|
|Club for Growth||$154,667|
|Nelson, Mullins et al||$36,250|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Congressional staff salaries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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DeMint and his wife, Debbie, have four children.
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- Wall Street Journal "Sen. Jim DeMint to Head Heritage Foundation," December 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Jim DeMint leaving the Senate," December 6, 2012
- Gov Track "Jim DeMint," Accessed March 3, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jim DeMint," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Think Progress.org, "Jim DeMint: Providing Health Care For Seniors And Veterans Is ‘Un-American’ And Grounded In ‘Socialism’," accessed August 30, 2013
- Delawareonline.com. "Jim DeMint tells Delaware crowd that Obamacare is un-American," accessed August 30, 2013
- The Hill, "DeMint: Republicans unwilling to defund ObamaCare ‘need to be replaced’," accessed August 30, 2013
- Star Telegraph, "Meetings, rallies over health care law in Tampa," accessed August 30, 2013
- Opposing Views, "Former Sen. Jim DeMint Claims Women Want Forced Ultrasounds (Video)," accessed August 30, 2013
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets "Jim DeMint 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
- LegiStorm "Jim DeMint"
- OpenSecrets.org, "DeMint, (R-SC), 2010"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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