President, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
Heritage Trustee Since 2013
Jim DeMint assumed the presidency of The Heritage Foundation on April 3, 2013, following a three-month transition as president-elect after stepping down from the U.S. Senate seat to which South Carolinians twice elected him. Heritage's policy research had influenced his decision in 1998 to run for a seat in the House of Representatives; six years later, those policy solutions inspired him after his 2004 election to the Senate to build and lead a resurgent conservative caucus there.
Before serving in Congress, he ran the DeMint Group, a Greenville, S.C.-based marketing research and strategic planning business that he formed in 1983. Previously, he worked for 10 years in the research, advertising and marketing field. He was active in Greenville civic life, volunteering and leading in his Presbyterian church and numerous charitable organizations.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in business administration from Clemson University. He is the author of the books Falling in Love with America Again (2014), Now or Never (2012), The Great American Awakening (2011), Saving Freedom (2009), and Why We Whisper (2007).