Jim DeMint (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
(WLTX) - Reaction continues to flow in the surprise announcement that Sen. Jim DeMint is resigning from the U.S. Senate.
DeMint said Thursday he would leave his post after eight years to lead the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C. based thinktank.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley:
"U.S. Senator Jim DeMint has served South Carolina and the national conservative movement exceptionally well. His voice for freedom and limited government has been a true inspiration. On a personal level, I value Jim's leadership and friendship. Our state's loss is the Heritage Foundation's gain. I wish Jim and Heritage all the best in continuing our shared commitment to America's greatness."
South Carolina GOP Chairman Chad Connelly:
"Jim DeMint is a small businessman who ran for Congress to change the way Washington works. Without question, he succeeded. Senator DeMint is a conservative rock star. At the Heritage Foundation, he will be in an even greater position to spark revolutionary change. I commend his principled leadership and service to our state. Thank you, Senator."
U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-5th Congressional District):
"The news of Senator DeMint's resignation from the Senate comes as a surprise. Senator DeMint has been a strong conservative voice, and he leaves big shoes to be filled. I have faith Governor Haley will appoint someone with the character, leadership, and conservatism Senator DeMint has provided South Carolinians for the past eight years. I am proud to have worked with Senator DeMint and I will continue to call him a friend and a mentor in the years to come. I wish him the best of luck as he continues fighting for the conservative cause at The Heritage Foundation."
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (R-1st Congressional District)
"I first want to thank Senator DeMint for the tremendous work he has done on behalf of South Carolina and the nation. His commitment to conservative principles leaves a true legacy, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know and work with him over the past two years.
Looking forward, Governor Haley will now appoint a new Senator, and I know she will make the right choice both for South Carolina and the nation."
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4th Congressional District)
"Jim Demint was more than a congressional colleague. He has been a friend dating back to 1998 when I met him during his initial run for congress. He has been a mentor for scores of conservatives at all levels of government. He is simply put one of the most decent, kind, humble men I have ever been privileged to know. I wish he and Debbie joy in this new role."
"I know Governor Nikki Haley will make the decision that is best for South Carolina, and I pray the Lord will give her wisdom. There are scores of talented women and men in South Carolina who are qualified to be considered. I hope she will consider my four congressional colleagues Tim Scott, Mick Mulvaney, Jeff Duncan, or Joe Wilson."
Rep. James Clyburn (D-6th Congressional District)
"Senator DeMint's resignation is not a surprise to me. He had said he would not seek re-election, and rumors have circulated in Washington for the past several months that he was headed to a conservative think tank. Joining the Heritage Foundation will allow him to more broadly apply his vision to the country's political discourse."