Reaction from Republican officeholders to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint’s announcement Thursday that he would resign to become the head of the Heritage Foundation, which paid its previous leader more than $1 million a year
‘A true inspiration’
“U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint has served South Carolina and the national conservative movement exceptionally well. His voice for freedom and limited government has been a true inspiration. On a personal level, I value Jim’s leadership and friendship. Our state’s loss is the Heritage Foundation’s gain. I wish Jim and Heritage all the best in continuing our shared commitment to America’s greatness.”
Gov. Nikki Hale y , R-Lexington, who will name DeMint’s successor
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‘Powerful voice for conservative ideas’
“Jim helped provide a powerful voice for conservative ideas in a town where those principles are too often hidden beneath business as usual.”
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky.
“Senator DeMint is a conservative rock star. At the Heritage Foundation, he will be in an even greater position to spark revolutionary change. I commend his principled leadership and service to our state. Thank you, Senator.”
South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Chad Connell y.
“Jim DeMint was more than a congressional colleague. He has been a friend dating back to 1998 when I met him during his initial run for Congress. He has been a mentor for scores of conservatives at all levels of government. He is simply put one of the most decent, kind, humble men I have ever been privileged to know.”
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy , R-S.C.
“I first want to thank Senator DeMint for the tremendous work he has done on behalf of South Carolina and the nation. His commitment to conservative principles leaves a true legacy, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know and work with him over the past two years.”
U.S. Rep Tim Scott , R-S.C.
‘He leaves big shoes to be filled’
“The news of Sen. DeMint’s resignation from the Senate comes as a surprise. Sen. DeMint has been a strong conservative voice, and he leaves big shoes to be filled. I have faith Gov. Haley will appoint someone with the character, leadership and conservatism Sen. DeMint has provided South Carolinians for the past eight years. I am proud to have worked with Sen. DeMint, and I will continue to call him a friend and a mentor in the years to come. I wish him the best of luck as he continues fighting for the conservative cause at The Heritage Foundation.”
U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney , R-Indian Land, mentioned as a possible successor
‘Our nation’s most conservative senator’
“For the past 14 years, Sen. Jim DeMint has represented South Carolina exceptionally well in the U.S. House and Senate by fighting for limited government and expanded freedom. Although we are sad to see Sen. DeMint leave political office, the Heritage Foundation will be a wonderful fit for our nation’s most conservative senator. I am hopeful Gov. Nikki Haley will appoint a strong, conservative leader to serve as the Palmetto State’s junior senator.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson , R-Springdale
‘He will keep fighting for ... federalism’
“Jim DeMint has been a consistent champion of the conservative cause. I am certain he will keep fighting for freedom and federalism in his new role as head of The Heritage Foundation. While we lose his voice in the United States Senate, his support for South Carolina values will still be felt in Washington and across America. I congratulate him on his new position and look forward to continuing to work with both Sen. DeMint and The Heritage Foundation in defending the Constitution and the rule of law.”
S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson , R-Lexington