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This event will include a special reception and a souvenir program for all who attend.
Mr. DeMint was born on Sept. 2, 1951, in Greenville, S.C. “Jim” and three siblings were raised by a single mother who taught him the value of hard work and perseverance. He attended public schools in Greenville, graduating from Wade Hampton High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Debbie Henderson, in 1973, and that same year he received a bachelor of science degree in communications from the University of Tennessee. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Clemson University.
In 1983, after working 10 years in the research, advertising and marketing business, Mr. DeMint started the DeMint Group, a Greenville-based marketing research and strategic planning business. In addition to his family, small business and local Presbyterian church, he immersed himself in Greenville civic life – volunteering and leading numerous charitable organizations. He ran the DeMint Group until 1998, when he was elected as a Republican to the first of three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. DeMint kept his promise to serve only three two-year terms in the House. His reputation as one of Washington’s most principled conservative leaders grew after his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, the 55th to serve from South Carolina. He continued to advocate limited government, individual liberty, a strong national defense and traditional values – all core tenets of America’s founding and Heritage’s public policy mission.
Over the years, DeMint collaborated with Heritage on reforms to entitlements, health care, education and immigration. He drew national attention for working to end the corrupt system of congressional earmarks, stopping the misguided 2007 amnesty bill, arguing for comprehensive missile defense and opposing ill-advised treaties, such as the UN’s Law of the Sea Treaty, which would harm American sovereignty.
On April 4, 2013, Mr. DeMint became president of the Heritage Foundation and reflected that this as “like coming home.” Heritage’s public policy research, DeMint says, informed him as a citizen and inspired his entry into politics and government. DeMint and his wife, Debbie, have four children who now are grown and married. They’ve taken a shine to being grandparents.