Excerpts from the statement released Thursday by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s office, announcing he would resign from the Senate at the beginning of January to become the president of The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank:
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of South Carolina in United States Senate for the past eight years, but now it’s time for me to pass the torch to someone else and take on a new role in the fight for America’s future.
“I’m leaving the Senate now, but I’m not leaving the fight. I’ve decided to join The Heritage Foundation at a time when the conservative movement needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas. No organization is better equipped to lead this fight, and I believe my experience in public office as well as in the private sector as a business owner will help Heritage become even more effective in the years to come. ...
“My constituents know that being a senator was never going to be my career. I came to Congress as a citizen-legislator and I’ve always been determined to leave it as citizen-legislator. South Carolina has a deep bench of conservative leaders and I know Governor Haley will select a great replacement.
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“One of the most rewarding things I’ve done in the Senate is work with the grass-roots to help elect a new generation of leaders who have the courage to fight for the principles of freedom that make this country so great. I’m confident these senators will continue the legacy of conservative leaders before them.”