COLUMBIA, S.C.— Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, a favorite among tea party activists, said today he was resigning to take the helm of a conservative national think tank.
The South Carolina politician said in a statement he was stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation. His office said he would take the new job effective Jan. 1.
The 61-year-old Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2004. He previously served in the U.S. House for three terms.