Key GOP Senator Resigns to Take Helm of the Heritage Foundation

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has become an influential and outspoken member of the US Senate.  After serving six years in the US House of Representatives, DeMint was elected to the US Senate in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.  He currently serves on the Committee of Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Committee on Foreign Relations and the Joint Economic Committee.

Compared the other 99 Senators in Washington, DeMint may be the most conservative of them all.  He is opposed to spending increases, federal bailouts of banks and auto makers and abortion for any reason except to save the life of the mother.  He has pushed for a balanced budget amendment and legalization of prayer in schools.  His voice has been one of the loudest demanding answers from the White House and State Department concerning the attack of the US Consulate in Benghazi.

Sen. Jim DeMint has become one of my favorite senators to follow because of his outspoken ultra-conservatism.  He’s a man after my own heart.  That’s why it saddens me to see his announcement that he will be resigning from the Senate effective December 31.

DeMint is leaving to become the President of the Heritage Foundation, where he says he can effect change outside of Washington DC at the state and local levels.  DeMint said that the Heritage Foundation is the best equipped organization to accomplish those tasks.

According to the foundation’s website:

“Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.”

“We believe the principles and ideas of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing. As policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and principles. Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.”

“Heritage’s staff pursues this mission by performing timely, accurate research on key policy issues and effectively marketing these findings to our primary audiences: members of Congress, key congressional staff members, policymakers in the executive branch, the nation’s news media, and the academic and policy communities.”

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R), who many thought was on Mitt Romney’s short list of VP running mates, will now have to decide who she will appoint to take of DeMint’s seat on January 1, 2013.  Although DeMint’s term doesn’t expire until 2016, his replacement will have to run for re-election in 2014, the same time the state’s other Senator, Lindsey Graham is also up for re-election.

Many Republican senators and congressional leaders are expressing their sadness to see DeMint leave Washington, but they are all wishing him well.  Democrats, on the other hand, are glad to see him go because he was so outspoken and pushed his ultra-conservative agenda.

All I can say is that he will be missed in Washington, but if he operates at the state and local level like he did in the Senate, then there just may be some better things ahead.  I wish him well and pray that Gov. Haley can find a worthy replacement.