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Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)


Political Highlights: U.S. House of Representatives, 1999-2005; U.S. Senate, 2005-13
Born: Sept. 2, 1951; Greenville, S.C.
Residence: Greenville
Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Wife, Debbie DeMint; four children
Education: U. of Tennessee, B.S. 1973; Clemson U., M.B.A. 1981
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2004 (2nd term)
End of Service: Jan. 1, 2013
Committee Assignments: Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection; Housing, Transportation & Community Development - Ranking Member; Securities, Insurance & Investment); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology, Innovation & the Internet - Ranking Member; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine; Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation); Foreign Relations (Europe and Regional Security Cooperation; State Department and USAID Management - Ranking Member; Western Hemisphere); Joint Economic

Election History
2010generalJim DeMint (R) 810,77161.5
Alvin Greene (D) 364,59827.7
Tom Clements (GREEN) 121,4729.2
2004generalJim DeMint (R) 857,16753.7
Inez Tenenbaum (D) 704,38444.1
Patrick Tyndall (CNSTP) 13,4640.8
Rebekah Sutherland (LIBERT) 10,6780.7
Tee Ferguson (UC) 5,8590.4
Efia Nwangaza (GREEN, INDC) 4,3830.3
2002generalJim DeMint (R) 122,42269.0
Peter Ashy (D, UC) 52,63529.7
C. Walters (NL) 2,1761.2
2000generalJim DeMint (R) 150,43679.6
Ted Adams (CNSTP) 16,5328.7
April Bishop (LIBERT) 12,7576.8
Peter Ashy (REF, UC) 6,2103.3
C. Walters (NL) 2,6401.4
1998generalJim DeMint (R) 105,26457.7
Glenn Reese (D) 73,31440.2
C. Walters (NL) 1,9881.1
Peter Ashy (REF, PAT) 1,7541.0
Roll Call Vitals


South Carolina is 12th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.