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Sen. Jim DeMint

Former Senator for South Carolina

DeMint was a senator from South Carolina and was a Republican. He served from 2005 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 1999 to 2004.

Photo of Sen. Jim DeMint [R-SC, 2005-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

DeMint is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills DeMint sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

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%) International Affairs (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Labor and Employment (9%)

Recently Introduced Bills

DeMint recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

DeMint voted Nay

Conference Report Agreed to 86/13 on Dec 15, 2011.

DeMint voted Nay

DeMint voted Nay

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

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 …

DeMint voted Nay

Bill Passed 92/1 on Sep 6, 2007.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, H.R. 2642, an Act of …

DeMint voted Nay

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: