In April, former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) will succeed Ed Feulner as President of The Heritage Foundation. Feulner has served as Heritage's president for more than three decades.
DeMint is a principled conservative who worked closely with Heritage during his 14 years of service in Congress. He even credits Heritage with getting him first interested in politics when he was running a small business.
DeMint has spent most of his life as an entrepreneur, building and running his own research and marketing firm. He will bring this experience to Heritage as he seeks to strengthen and revive the conservative movement.
Since he resigned from the Senate in January, DeMint has served as Heritage's president-elect. He is spending the transition period learning about Heritage's four-decade history of policy innovation, meeting conservative leaders and Heritage members across the nation, and plotting the next steps in helping to lead the conservative movement.
Heritage's plan to strengthen and revive the conservative movement
Reaching all Americans with conservatives' 'bold, positive ideas'
Speaking to Heritage members in New York, Jim DeMint said conservatives should continue to push for "bold, positive ideas" based on timeless, American, conservative principles.
This means showing the American people that our principles work at all levels of government. States have not only served as sources of innovative new ideas -- as in Wisconsin under Scott Walker -- but they are also where most decisions ought to be made in our constitutional republic.
Too often, Washington politicians act based on what's popular, not what's right. But local politicians often have the ability to take bolder stands.
States like Wisconsin, Texas, and Michigan have shown our ideas can make a real difference for Americans. If we can demonstrate the effectiveness of conservative government at the state level, that can help us rejuvenate our movement nationally.