Cross-posted from The Foundry.

Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) addressed a packed auditorium at The Heritage Foundation this morning, just moments after being named the organization’s next president. He will succeed Ed Feulner, who is stepping down after 35 years leading the think tank.

More than 200 employees of the Heritage Foundation rose for a standing ovation as Feulner passed the torch to his successor. One Heritage employee shouted a battle cry: “Hoo rah!”

That set the tone for the staff meeting. Heritage’s Board of Trustees, announced Chairman Thomas A. Saunders, voted unanimously to approve the decision.

DeMint said it was “the honor of my life,” and joked that the move would be “a big promotion.”

“This organization is in a position to do more to save our country than any other organization I’m aware of,” DeMint said. ”I believe that we have put together here the power, the muscle, the ideas to turn things around.”

DeMint, Feulner, and Saunders stressed that Heritage’s policy-focused, detail-oriented approach will remain the organization’s mission. DeMint pledged in a Thursday statement to ”protect the integrity of Heritage’s research and not politicize the policy component. Heritage is not just another grassroots political group.”

Indeed, DeMint stressed that his proposals in the Senate have been informed by Heritage’s  policy work. ”This is a homecoming for me,” he said, noting that he was inspired to run after reading Heritage’s policy work. ”This feels like I just walked in the front door of my own house,” he told Heritage staff.

DeMint will take over as president in April. Feulner will remain as Heritage’s chancellor and the chairman of its Asian Studies Center.

Comments (57)

David Robinson - December 7, 2012

I think there is no better choice to take up the cudgel from Mr. Fuelner.
With the experience and knowledge of the political world I hope this will make for an all new chapter for the real world that conservatives deal with.

Paul G. Littlefield - December 7, 2012

From personal experience dealing with liberals, I offer this advice. Get ready to have everything DeMint does and says to be attacked as “politicizing” The Heritage Foundation’s research.

Janice Pinkston - December 7, 2012

Outstanding choice! Congratulations, Senator DeMint.

Sanford Olnhausen - December 7, 2012

We are thrilled to have Senator DeMint on the Heritage team! My wife and I, both in our 80th year, had about given up hope for our great country since the election. Now, we are looking forward to the next 4 years!

Sanford and Luella Olnhausen
Proud to be Heritage members!

John D. Mercer - December 7, 2012

Hoorah! You do yourselves proud by choosing this man.


[email protected] Lee - December 7, 2012

Congratulatins to your foundation…I’am a member and I love being a member…go for it…and I have to say that if Jim is from South Carolina he will add enormously to your cause…My mother was from S C…born in1903…And when we discussed Wars, she always corrected me and said, You mean The War Between The States.”…Guess what, she was right…The best of luck with your endeavors!
De Vismes. Lee

Jerry Pinto - December 7, 2012

Good Luck & God Bless you

Sylvio & Mary Kay Venditti - December 7, 2012

Senator DeMint: Congratulations on your new assignment. We
look forward to meeting you at some Heritage event in the not too
distant future. We heard you on Rush’s program on Thursday and were
particularly encouraged by your comment about Speaker Boehner. We
haven’t heard you walk back that remark, say you were misunderstood
or say you were taken out of context. That’s good. We have
supported The Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action and The Senate
Conservatives Fund in the past and look forward to doing so in the
future. There’s a problem in this country and we think you are part
of the solution. God bless you, Heritage and the USA! Merry
Christmas, Sylvio & Mary Kay Venditti The Villages,

Phil Grunenberg - December 7, 2012

Lord,bless Jim DeMint and the Heritage organization,please
let these values expressed by all who believe in freedom and
liberty reach the American people. 2nd.Chron.7:14

Diane Truax - December 7, 2012

What a wonderful surprise for us conservatives. My hope in
our country’s survival has just been renewed. Congratulations
Senator DeMint and may God bless you as you begin this new

Jamie - December 7, 2012

I am proud to be a member of The Heritage Foundation and
more so of Senator Jim DeMint’s selection as our President Elect.
Also, with all my heart I thank outgoing President Ed Feulner for
his inspiration, guiding light and 35 years of service.

Mevin E. Brewer - December 7, 2012

My heartiest congratulations to Senator DeMint. I have been
a member of Heritage for about five years (now in my 90th year) and
I pray that you will be able to continue the able work of Heritage.
I have been a conservative since I was in the South Pacific in

Jim - December 7, 2012

Traditor. You are freinds with the enemy. How can you be
frineds with Harry Reid? He represents everything that is wrong
with this country. You are turning your back on the Tea Party that
got you elected in the first place.

Tony “Bo” Vets - December 7, 2012

As a Young President’s Club member of The Heritage
Foundation I would like to welcome Senator DeMint and wish him and
Ed Feulner success and happiness in their new endeavours. Looking
forward to advancing our principles! Bo

Rose - December 7, 2012

Senator DeMint, we will miss you terribly in the Senate,
but am thrilled to have you heading up what I consider the finest
conservative organization I have been a part of. Please know that I
will do all I can to help you get your message out to the people
who don’t understand what it means to be a conservative, and how
much healthier our country would be with our values and staying
firm to the constitution. I wish you and family all the very best.
Thank you for all you’ve done so far for America, and I look
forward to 2014 and electing more conservatives to Congress and
local and state offices. Rose

Christine Gerval - December 7, 2012

Congratulations Mr. DeMint. This country needs a strong
leader to turn her around. The American people, Conservatives that
is, are ready to join you in taking our country back. Please show
us what we need to do and how we can take the White House back for
the people.

Lane Adrian - December 7, 2012

Congratulations to both Senator.DeMint and the Heritage
Foundation. No better individual could of been selected to
continiue and lead this fine organization.

Stephen Gudek, SR - December 7, 2012

A good start, Senaor DeMint, would be to propose Term
Limits for our legislators. It may not be popular among the
elected, but I’m assured that the voting public would welcome it.
Proud in being a Heritage member.

Grace Tillinghast - December 7, 2012

Congratulations to Senator DeMint. Unfortunately my
husband, who was one of his loyal admirers, passed away recently.
He used day, “I know Senator DeMint loves this country as much as I
do”. Grace Tillinghast

Mary Nixon - December 7, 2012

My very best wishes go out to Senator DeMint and also
everyone of us at Heritage. He is a wonderful choice and will add a
great deal to the work of conservatives. Maybe we should begin
thinking of forming a Heritage Party and get away from the other
two party system. It would take a great deal of work, but believe
we need an enormous new change in this great Country of ours. Just
a thought, but I like it!!!!, Good luck and God bless you all.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and the new year should prove to be very

Richard Valentine - December 7, 2012

How long is your promise to work good for? Half the time of
your contract, like your contract with the people of South
Carolina? Enjoy Washington since you DUMPED on the people of South
Carolina. More campaign promises all talk NO substance like

Nadine Clewett - December 7, 2012

You have made an awesome choice of selecting Senator
DeMint. Kudos to you Senator and my very best to you in this
position. May God Bless!

Joe Marco - December 7, 2012

Great choice, but little did I know that the salary was $1
million for Mr .Feulner. A bit heavy when you ask people to donate
to an organization to help out on conservative principles. It takes
quite a few modest contributions to make a $1 million per year
salary, plus who knows what the benefit package costs. I’m sure Mr.
Demint has a hearty retirement from his Federal benefits Makes you
wonder. Public servants sure great rich this days.

Robert Garrison - December 7, 2012

Welcome to Heritage Jim! I can hardly wait to see the
unfolding of the future you have planned for Heritage!!

C. Warren Stelly - December 7, 2012

Dear Mr. DeMint, I sure hope you have more nerve and brains
than the last President who failed to promote and teach the all
important Federalist recommended doctrine of NULLIFICATION to end
unconstitutional growth of the Federal Government before our
Nations’s demise eventually occurrs. Regards, C. Warren Stelly
Lafayette, LA 70503

Steve Lether - December 7, 2012

Senator DeMint I just want to say I’m so very very Happy
you are going to be our new leader and my very best wises starting
next April.

Judith Kypragora - December 7, 2012

I listened intently to you on Glenn Beck and Hannity and
have been following politics since returning to the USA in 1995. I
have faith in your motives for making the change and believe you
are correct. This is the state into which our government has woven
itself. This last election was so depressing and shocking. Now, to
make things worse, Conservatives and the Republicans (well-intended
ones) are damned if they do and damned if they don’t on every
issue. I pull my hair out listening. This is why our Senator
Olympia Snow retired. I’ll pray every night for our country and for

Holly Chapo - December 7, 2012

Let me add my hoo rah to all the other voices. Jim DeMint
is a splendid choice as the new president. It’s gratifying to know
that he will still be an integral part of the Conservative movement
which we so desperately need. And what better place than at the
helm of The Heritage Foundation. Welcome and

Agnes Tillerson - December 7, 2012

Congratulations Senator DeMint and Heritage Foundation. I
am saddened with Sen. Demints’ departure from the Senate but in my
heart I know he will do more for the conservative cause at Heritage
which will have a universal effect. God Bless Sen. Demint and

Don Kincaid - December 7, 2012

My congratulations Senator Demint, you have big shoes to
fill, Godspeed!

Judith L Keiner - December 7, 2012

Congratulations to a wonderful American Patriot. I believe
with your help we can take America back.

Gene Reid - December 7, 2012

Sen. DeMint, As much as I hate to see you leave the Senate,
I totally support your move, and Heritage’s decision to choose you.
I do think you have extra leverage to influence the direction of
our country in your new position with Heritage, in part because you
have served in the Senate, which gives you extra insight, and
instant credibility to a lot of Americans because of your long
stance on conservative values.which never wavered during your time
there–regardless of the political powers that be, winds that blew.
Hopefully, you will also have some influence on Gov. Haley’s pick
to replace you? We need another one just like you in that arena.
God Bless, continued success.

Mary Ann Phillips - December 8, 2012

Hoo Rah! Welcome Jim DeMint and God bless Mr. Fuelner! Keep
on Keeping On, Heritage Foundation!

Anthony DiPasquale - December 8, 2012

Congratulations and welcome Senator DeMint! You are the
kind of conservative that America needs. I agree that you will be
in a better position to influence the debate, and educate people
and legislators. I wish you the best of luck in your noble

Robert E Guthrie - December 8, 2012

I have tremendous respect for Senator DeMint. I welcome his
addition to Heritage. He is a great Patriot!

Sam Dillon - December 8, 2012

What Churchhill said is so true,”You can always count on
America to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all other

Josephine Cozzi - December 8, 2012

Dear Senator Demint, I want to thank you so very much for
never backing down and abandoning your conservative principles.
Thank you for your service to our country. Jo Cozzi

Natalie Nau - December 8, 2012

This is giving me some hope that conservatives will be more
able to get our message out to everyone. We ALL must stand together
against this lame-stream media- driven liberalism that is
destroying our country.

John Smith - December 8, 2012

He could probably get more done here than in the Senate. DC
just isn’t worth a dime these days with all the liberals and rhinos
running the show. Welcome to Heritage, DeMint!

Ron - December 8, 2012

Welcome to your new home Senator DeMint. We will miss you
Mr Fuelner thank you. God Bless you both.

Vicki Metcalf - December 8, 2012

Great choice for the continued good work of the Heritage
Foundation. Appreciate the work Sen. DeMint did in the Senate and
in bringing young Conservatives into the fold. Know that he will
lead with wisdom and strength. We will be praying for him.

John Kent - December 8, 2012

Here in SC we have great respect for Sen. Demint—one of
the few politicians who has adhered to principals. He is a
wonderful choice to lead Heritage and will bring many new
members/contributors into the fold, I’m sure. I wish him and
heritage success as you try to better educate our ignorant and
contain our slide into socialism.

Linda Green - December 8, 2012

Congratulations to Senator DeMint! He is one of my favorite
Conservative voices in Congress – one that will be missed.
Hopefully, the Senator will be able to help states across the
country get Conservatives, not Republicans, elected to office so
that our voices will be heard. I also hope that he can help
articulate conservatism in a way that will sway average voters to
vote for freedom, not tyranny. God bless you in your new endeavor!
Also, please help the Governor of S. Carolina find a good
Conservative to fill your vacancy in the Senate! Thank

Ray Andrade - December 8, 2012

Sen DeMint is the one I would like too have seen run for
Pres., I still belive he’s our best choice. I hope Heritage will
work on him to run, but mean while this is great for

Barbara P - December 9, 2012

Dear Senator DeMint: What am I going to do without you in
the Senate? You were the ONLY representative to whom I could trust
my questions, and comments. Now that you are leaving…I have no
one to help me. I was going to come to you to help me with a
particular situation.I know this sounds so self centered..but YOU
were my only hope! The only one I could trust. I know you will be
happy at Heritage. I have been a paying member. But I just do not
see how South Carolina is going to make it without you there to
guide us and help us. God Bless You! Barbara P.

J B Bachman - December 9, 2012

Congratulations to Sen. DeMint and to Heritage Foundation
for the outstanding work they do! We look forward to reading your
analysis! J B Bachman Tennessee

Patrick A Davis - December 9, 2012

This proves the existance and nurturing of the elitist
arrogance of the political hierarchy that is destroying this
nation. I cannot and will not support any that give up the fight
against the present threat to America, in the furtherance of
personal power and wealth. DeMint, you are a traitor to us and
probably a hero to the liberals for leaving the fight for comfort
and ease! To the Heritage Foundation, forget any further donations
or support from me, as if you give damn!!

JoAnn Talamantes - December 9, 2012

Welcome!!! Gods speed in your endeavors.

Louise - December 9, 2012

Great choice. I have been a fan of Senator DeMint for a
long time. I wish him well.

Bill Cooper - December 9, 2012

“Harry Reid is a good friend of mine, I just came from his office”. You want the guy who said this to head up Heritage and lead it where, appeasing liberals?

One phrase, one quote can tell you a lot about a person. I just learned who Jim DeMint is. I am now reconsidering my support for Heritage for next year!

RONALD APPLEGATE - December 10, 2012


Jeanne - December 10, 2012

The senate is poorer for his loss. The Heritage Foundation is so much richer! Welcome, Mr DeMint!

Vangie De Luna - December 10, 2012

Congratulations Senator DeMint. You (Heritage Foundation) definitely have a challenge ahead of you. The Republicans are moving more to the left and abondoning conservative values. Their backbone is getting weaker. Your call is to think a little less and do much more to meet the challenge.

Mimi January - December 10, 2012

WOW!!! Excellent choice!!! NO better man for the job!!!
Congratulations Senator DeMint!!! I will keep you in my prayers!!! May the Lord keep you strong and committed
as you defend our conservative values!!!
Most sincerely, Mimi January

Stephen Mandle - December 10, 2012

I was surprised at the selection of Senator DeMint. In my mind the Tea Party gave us Harry Reid and in this last election Mr Obama. It provided the Democrats a perfect line of “us being the party of the rich”which in my opnion lost the election! The Republican party needs to get elected to accomplish anything and the far right approanch of the Tea Party will never do it. I will not be supporting you in the future.

Almeda Reams - December 11, 2012

Thank you, Senator DeMint, for taking on this very important work. A dear friend of mine was sorry you were leaving the Senate but I suggested that you would have more influence as President of Heritage which we desperately need! May God Bless You!

Gary Burkle - December 14, 2012

I was always hoping for Jim to become president. Now from his new position , he can influence policy and support other great conservatives for high office (including the presidency). Next step, undermine the radical pipsqueak we have in that office now.

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