Good news or Bad news? Jim DeMint leaving post.Submitted by ronpaul1fan on Thu, 12/06/2012 - 12:23
Washington (CNN) — Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina will resign from his Senate seat as of Dec. 31 to take over as head of the Heritage Foundation, his office announced Thursday.
"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," he said in a statement.
Elected in 2004, he was re-elected in 2010. His term was not up until 2016. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor. A special election will be held in 2014 for the last two years of his term.
DeMint had always planned on leaving after two terms, according to a DeMint adviser.
"This move puts him in a powerful position to further advance fiscal conservative principles," the adviser said.