DeMint was born in South Carolina in 1951. DeMint earned his Bachelors from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Clemson. DeMint founded a market research firm, the DeMint Group, where he was President until he decided to quit that position and enter politics in 1998. DeMint won election as a House Representative for South Carolina’s 4th district in 1998 and won re-elections in 2000 and 2002. DeMint then won the South Carolina Senate race in 2004 and re-election in 2010, where he currently holds office.

Election Info

Running For

U.S. Senate

Political Party

Republican

Current Position

U.S. Senate
Candidate is no longer pursuing election.

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Full Name: 
James Warren DeMint
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, September 2, 1951

Greenville, South Carolina

Alma Mater: 
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Clemson University
Profession: 

Businessman

Religion: 

Presbyterian

On the Issues

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DeMint is against amnesty or a pathway to citizenship and believes illegal immigrants should be deported.

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DeMint is for tax cuts across all income levels, but rejects Obama's tax cuts because he believes it will increase the national debt.

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Senator DeMint is a strong advocate for increased funding in all homeland security sectors including missile defense, increased military presence and a stronger border presence to prevent drugs from entering the country.

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Senator DeMint believes in the importance of energy independence and supports any means to achieve that including offshore and arctic drilling.

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Legislative Career

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