Monday, October 22, 2012

Jim DeMint


Jim DeMint

Senator                        South Carolina              Republican
Elected 2004

Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Commerce, Science and Transportation
Foreign Relations
Joint Economic Committee

Fiscal Cliff negotiations:

“Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more.”
Jim DeMint, regarding House Speaker Boehner’s Monday, 3 December offer to the White House to avoid the Fiscal Cliff.

Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                     5
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                      protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                          7
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                           0
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                       14
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                         33
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                96
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                            81

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                     100
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                        social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                              100
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                             100
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:  2009 – 2010

No       Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
No       Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal Washington DC limits on firearms and ban on assault weapons
No       Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court
No       Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
No       Regulate Financial Firms
            New federal regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
No       Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
No       Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
No       Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
Yes      Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
No       Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2008                Jim DeMint (R)             810,771  61%                          7,199,774
                        Alvin Greene (D)           364,598  28                            
                        Tom Clements (Grn)     121,472    9                            

Grn                  Green Party

2004                Jim DeMint (R)              857,167  54%                         9,036,086
                        Inez Tenenbaum (D)     704,384  44                             6,265,786
South Carolina

Population 2010:                      4,625,364
State Rank:                               24th
Change since 2000:                up 15.3%

Urban:                                      59%
Rural:                                        41

Columbia                                  129,272
Charleston                                120,083
North Charleston                        97,471
Mount Pleasant                          67,843

Median Income:                          43,480
Median Home Value:                136,300

Private Employment:                 77%
Government Employment:         17
Self-Employed:                             6
Poverty:                                    16
Blue Collar:                              25
White Collar:                            56

Median Age:                            37
Over 65:                                   13%
Under 18:                                 24

High School Graduates:            83%
College Graduates:                   24
Graduate Degree:                       8

Veterans:                                  11%

Registered Voters 2010:
No Party Registration
Voter Turnout -                        1,365,480
Turnout, Voting Age -              39%

White:                                      64%
Black:                                       28
Hispanic:                                    5
Asian:                                         1 

2008 Presidential Vote:
John McCain (R) -                   1,034,896        54%
Barack Obama (D) -                   862,449        45

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -               937,974        58%
John Kerry (D) -                         661,699        41
Jim DeMint's Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 08

No       Raise CAFE standards
            Limit debate on setting higher fuel standards for vehicles
No       Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
*          Cap Greenhouse Gases
            Limit debate on setting Cap and Trade system to curb climate change
No       Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
Yes      Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
No       Path to Citizenship
            Limit debate on immigration reform bill
Yes      Fetus is Unborn Child
            Define fetus as an unborn child
No       Prosecute Hate Crimes
            Limit debate on measure funding prosecution of hate crimes
No       Withdraw Troops March, 2008
            Withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by March, 2008
Yes      Iran Guard is Terrorist Group
            Iranian Revolutionary Guard is terrorist group
Yes      Increase Missile Defense Funding
            Increase funding for missile defense
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

*          Absent

Votes in the 109th Congress:  2005 – 06

No       Bar ANWR Drilling
            Bar oil and gas leasing in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
Yes      Estate Tax Repeal
            Limit debate on proposal to permanently repeal estate tax
No       Raise Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage to $7.25
Yes      Confirm Samuel Alito
            Confirm Samuel Alito as Associate Justice, Supreme Court
No       Path to Citizenship
            Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
Yes      Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Limit debate on Constitutional amendment for marriage to man, woman
No       Stem Cell Research Funding
            Federal funds for embryonic stem cell research
Yes      Limit Interstate Abortion
            Prohibit minors crossing borders for abortion without parental consent
Yes      CAFTA
            Central American Free Trade Agreement
No       Urge Iraq Withdrawal
            Start withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2006
No       Provide Detainee Rights
            Habeas Corpus rights for military detainees

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