Jim DeMint

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint

Born: September 2, 1951, Greenville, South Carolina

Spouse(s): Debbie DeMint

Children : 4

Residence : Greenville, South Carolina

Alma mater: University of Tennessee, Clemson University

Profession: Marketing Consultant

Religion: Presbyterian

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Political Career :

  • In 1998 DeMint was elected to the House of Representatives where he served three terms representing South Carolina’s Fourth District
  • In 2004 DeMint ran for retiring Democrat Senator Fritz Hollings U.S. Senate seat and won by nearly 10%

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Committees:
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, Member
Commerce, Science and Transportation, Member
Foreign Relations, Member
Joint Economic Committee, Member
Subcommittee on African Affairs, Member
Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, Member
Subcommittee on Competitiveness, Innovation, and Export Promotion, Member
Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance, Member
Subcommittee on Economic Policy, Ranking Member
Subcommittee on European Affairs, Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions, Member
Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, Member
Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection, Member
Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues, Member
Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce, Trade, and Tourism, Member
Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Innovation, Member
Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security, Member

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Click here for DeMint’s Voting Record

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Policy Positions

Click on each topic to view DeMint’s position

Economy & Jobs ~ Education ~ Health Care ~ Homeland Security ~ Legal Issues ~ Quality of Life

Retirement Security ~ Tax Reform ~ Telecommunications

Valuing Life ~ Veterans

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Jim DeMint has not spent his life in politics. Most of his adult life has been spent making a living for himself and his family as a market researcher. In 1983 he went in to business for himself and started his own research group and became the President of the DeMint Group.

As a lifelong Republican, when in 1992 Bob Inglis ran for Congress in the district that DeMint lived in, he joined the Inglis campaign as a Strategy Team Member. DeMint continued to support Inglis in that capacity until when in 1998, Bob Inglis honored his promise to serve only three terms in the House and run for the U.S. Senate against Fritz Hollings . That was when Jim DeMint ran to replace Inglis. In a four way primary, DeMint handily won the nomination and went on to serve three terms as the Representative of South Carolinas fourth district.

In December of 2002, DeMint declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate when incumbent Democrat senator Fritz Hollings decided to retire after the 2004 election.

In June of 2004, by a margin of 18%, he lost the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate to former South Carolina Governor David Beasley. But in that primary race, Beasley failed to reach or exceed the required 50% plurality that South Carolina election law requires a candidate to receive in order to actually win the election. That led to a runoff election in which DeMint won convincingly.

As the Republican Senate nominee, he went on to run in a general election that pitted him against Democrat Inez Tenenbaum. Tenenbaum was the state education superintendent and despite her running a strong race, Jim DeMint defeated her by 9.6 percentage points in the November general election.

Through his tenure in both the House and the Senate, DeMint has been one of the most solid and consistently conservative voices there is. In a day and age where radical liberalism rules the day with transformative measures such as healthcare reform that places healthcare under the control of government, you might call DeMint a radical conservative.
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He favors eliminating the Internal Revenue Service and federal income tax and in Congress he has consistently voted to advance debate on tax reform and even sponsored legislation that would replace the current system with a national sales tax on all goods and services.

DeMint has been a strong opponent of such things as abortion and mandatory unionization policies. On taxes, short of eliminating the IRS altogether, he has pushed for the elimination of the death tax and been a strong proponent of across the board tax cuts, including capital gains.

On other issues of the day, DeMint supports a repeal and replace policy regarding Obamacare, has sponsored legislation to prevent the FCC from taking over and taxing the internet, to continue funding and constructing the security barrier along our southern border and even help to create an amendment that would have prevented President Obama from taking the state of Arizona to court over their new anti-illegal immigration law.

You might say that in its entirety, with an American Conservative Union rating of 100%,
Jim DeMints record is one that does not at all compromise conservative values or on conservative issues and as a Senator he is a true leader of the conservative wing of the Party.

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But while DeMint is just about perfectly suited for the voters of South Carolina, if he were to seek the presidency of the United States, he would surely encounter an uphill battle.

His conservative credentials would certainly help him with the base of the G.O.P. but in a crowded field of movement conservatives, conservative support for him would be divided up between any handful of other possible contenders. That would include Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, John Thune, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and several other possible opponents. This would mean that DeMint would have to do much to appeal to those moderate Republicans who participate in the primaries and caucuses that award the delegates which ware needed to capture the nomination.

But it is in facing the general electorate that Jim DeMint would have a really tough time.

In a national election, his record will be twisted and distorted into one that will weigh him down with charges and a myriad of image problems. And beyond that, some of his own comments will surely come back to haunt him and have an impact on his electability.

During one of his debates in 2004 he stated openly gay people should not be allowed to teach in public schools. He also stated his belief that single mothers who live with their boyfriends should also be prohibited from teaching in our schools. At some point later on DeMint apologized for remarks because they were “distracting from the main issues of the debate.” He added further that those opinions were based on his personal values, not issues he would or could deal with as a member of Congress.

It is on social issues where what makes him a hero to the far right of his Party, will make him a large, vulnerable target in the general electorate.

Another big factor for DeMint regarding any presidential ambitions will be his comfort level and strength on the national. DeMint will need to be a bit more pragmatic than dogmatic on the national stage. And while that does not mean he has to soften his stands on the issues, his challenge will be to define himself and his positions before others get the chance to define them for him and paint him as out of touch radical conservative.

Should Jim DeMint decide to enter the presidential primaries, he will be formidable and he will force much of the rest of the field to run more to the right than the middle. But DeMint would have to run a near perfect campaign if he expects to establish a positive presence for himself on the national stage and keep up with several more established candidates.

For DeMint, a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 will probably not last past the Northeast Super Tuesday primaries. Early on he may have some surprisingly good showings in places like Iowa and New Hampshire but after that, it is more than likely that he will have to struggle to stay alive. Thats in 2012. 2016 is another story though.


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