Repub. Sen. Jim DeMint stepping down in Jan. SC Gov. to pick replacment.
"South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina's junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million.
Sen. DeMint's departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint's replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina. In an interview preceding the succession announcement, Sen. DeMint said he is taking the Heritage job because he sees it as a vehicle to popularize conservative ideas in a way that connects with a broader public. "This is an urgent time," the senator said, "because we saw in the last election we were not able to communicate conservative ideas that win elections."
The crucial question behind this move is ...why now? What is it about the timing of this move?
He is a member of these Committees:
Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development (Ranking Member)
Subcommittee on Financial Institutions
Committee on Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on African Affairs
Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Democracy and Human Rights
Subcommittee on European Affairs (Ranking Member)
Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection