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DeMint’s next job is pushing to change the Constitution

Former Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, speaks at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
Former Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, speaks at the Heritage Action for America 2014 Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. AP

For his next job, Jim DeMint will try to change the U.S. Constitution.

After his exit from the Heritage Foundation in April, South Carolina’s former senator has become a senior adviser to the Convention of States Project, an organization that wants a new national convention to amend the Constitution.

The project announced DeMint’s new job on Monday.

In a news release, DeMint said his experience in Congress and running the conservative Heritage think-tank left him convinced constitutional change was the only way to reform the federal government.

“I tried to rein in Washington from the House and Senate,” DeMint said, “but once I realized that Washington will never willingly return decision-making power back to the American people and the states, I began to search for another way to restrain the federal government.”

The Convention of States wants state legislatures to call a new constitutional convention under the Constitution’s Aricle V that could propose changes to the nation’s founding document. The project lists a dozen states that have already passed a resolution calling for a convention, and a similar effort has been proposed in the S.C. Legislature.

A convention will be called when two-thirds of the states approve the resolution. It would take another three-quarters of the states to approve any subsequent changes to the Constitution.

DeMint represented South Carolina in the House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004, and the Senate from 2004 to 2012, when he resigned to become president of the Heritage Foundation.

Earlier this year, DeMint was replaced as the leader at Heritage after reported clashes with the foundation’s board over how DeMint was handling the think tank’s legislative agenda, including the Republican health care bill supported by Heritage, but which has struggled to pass.

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