DeMint To Leave Congress
By National Journal Staff
Updated: December 6, 2012 | 10:49 a.m.
December 6, 2012 | 10:36 a.m.
Sen. Jim DeMint will leave Capitol Hill to head the Heritage Foundation in January, his office said on Thursday.
The South Carolina senator has been a leading conservative voice and fundraiser for conservative candidates.
As of Oct. 17, DeMint's leadership PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund, had raised nearly $14 million for candidates.
The new job shifts DeMint from the political arena to the policy world. The Heritage Foundation is a think tank that studies, proposes and promotes conservative public policies.
He told the Wall Street Journal he sees the move as a way to better communicate conservative ideas to the broader public. "We want to figure out what works at the state and local level" and give that national attention, he said.
DeMint, 61, was re-elected in 2010 and has said he would not seek a third term in 2016.