The announcement of South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint’s resignation from the Senate made big news across the United States yesterday. DeMint will be leaving to head up the Heritage Foundation beginning in January, after completing only two years of his six-year term. The Governor is to appoint someone to fill the next two years of the term, with a special election not held until 2014. Since Governor Nikki Haley is also a Republican, her appointment is not expected to give the Democrats any additional vote in the Senate.
South Carolina Third District Congressman Jeff Duncan, of Laurens County, issued a statement yesterday on Jim DeMint’s resignation from the Senate:
“Senator DeMint has been a conservative champion and a dedicated public servant to the nation. Jim has always been someone I’ve admired, and I’m proud to call him a friend. Jim’s leadership and voice will be deeply missed in the United States Senate and in South Carolina. I’m excited for him as he begins his new role with the Heritage Foundation, and grateful that he’s continuing the fight in other ways.”
Congressman Duncan said “Whoever takes Jim’s place in the Senate will have large shoes to fill. I hope that person is committed to the same values of limited government, free markets, and individual liberties that Sen. DeMint has championed for so many years.”