South Carolina senator Jim DeMint to resign, take over reins at The Heritage Foundation

The Wall Street Journal broke the news of Sen. DeMint’s (almost immediate) departure from the U.S. Senate.

South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint will replace Ed Feulner as president of the Heritage Foundation. Mr. DeMint will leave his post as South Carolina’s junior senator in early January to take control of the Washington think tank, which has an annual budget of about $80 million.

Sen. DeMint’s departure means that South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, will name a successor, who will have to run in a special election in 2014. In that year, both Mr. DeMint’s replacement and Sen. Lindsey Graham will be running for reelection in South Carolina.

One Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter described DeMint as “probably the most influential Tea Party advocate in Congress.”