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Tea party senator steps down to lead Heritage Foundation

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is resigning his Senate seat to take the helm of a conservative think tank.

DeMint’s Washington office confirmed Thursday that the prominent tea party supporter from South Carolina is stepping down to become president of the Heritage Foundation, effective Jan. 1.

His office said DeMint was too busy to come to the phone.

The 61-year-old Republican was first elected to the Senate in 2004.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley gets to appoint his successor to the Senate.

His former state director, Luke Byars, said the new role allows DeMint to affect change outside of the U.S. Capitol.

The political consultant said it’s a vehicle for him to push and pull on conservative issues on a national stage to get the attention of people in Washington.

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