Jim DeMint is an American politician who was a United States Senator from South Carolina from 2005 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party and a leading member in the Tea Party movement. He previously served as the United States Representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district from 1999 to 2005.
DeMint resigned from the Senate on January 1, 2013, to become president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
late 2009, DeMint criticized Barack Obama for waiting eight months into his first term as president before nominating a new head of the Transportation Security Administration.