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James Warren "Jim" DeMint is an American politician who was a United States Senator from South Carolina from 2005 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party and a leading member in the Tea Party movement. He previously served as the United States Representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district from 1999 to 2005. On December 6, 2012, he announced plans to resign from the Senate on New Year's Day of 2013 to become president of The Heritage Foundation. (via Freebase)