Sen. Jim DeMint

Former Senator from South Carolina, Republican

DeMint, a Republican, was a senator from South Carolina from 2005 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district (1999-2004).

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Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills DeMint sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). DeMint is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

DeMint was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

DeMint sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (17%) Economics and Public Finance (17%) Finance and Financial Sector (15%) Taxation (14%) Health (11%) Labor and Employment (9%) International Affairs (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of DeMint’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

DeMint’s Vote Vote Description
Not Voting H.R. 4310 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013
Dec 21, 2012. Conference Report Agreed to 81/14.
Nay H.R. 1540 (112th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
Dec 15, 2011. Conference Report Agreed to 86/13.
Nay H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.
Yea H.R. 514 (112th): FISA Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
Feb 15, 2011. Bill Passed 86/12.
Nay H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010, also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act), was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay On the Nomination PN959: Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four ...
Jan 28, 2010. Nomination Confirmed 70/30.
Nay On the Nomination PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
Nay On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Jan 2013, DeMint missed 110 of 2,484 roll call votes, which is 4.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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