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What you need to know about Sen. Jim DeMint

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The former GOP senator left to head the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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Jim DeMint and the death of think tanks

To state the obvious, you don't name Jim DeMint head of your think tank because you're trying to improve the quality of your scholarship. You name DeMint head of your think tank because you're trying to become the leader of the conservative wing of the Republican Party.

Jim DeMint is done

He sure made his mark in just eight years in the U.S. Senate.

Jim DeMint named as new Heritage Foundation president

THINK TANKED | Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will step down from the Senate and become president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank.

What Jim DeMint's resignation says about him, the Senate and the conservative movement

THE FIX | The move provides a fascinating window into the conservative movement.

DeMint announcement 'shocker' to S.C. GOP chair, and other reactions

Young Senate conservatives lose a mentor.