Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has been a diehard conservative voice in the Senate, sometimes a holdout against Republican leadership compromises.
But soon after announcing he would leave the Senate in January to head the Heritage Foundation, Senate Republican Leader had warm praise for his colleague.
“I thank Senator DeMint for his uncompromising service to South Carolina and our country in the United States Senate. Jim helped provide a powerful voice for conservative ideals in a town where those principles are too often hidden beneath business as usual," McConnell, R-Ky., said.
"There is no question in my mind that he raised the profile of important issues like spending and debt and helped galvanize the American people against a big government agenda. I am confident that he will continue to advocate for conservative principles in the next chapter of his service to the American people.”