The Washington Times - December 6, 2012, 10:49PM

Senator Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, announced on Thursday that he will be leaving the U.S. Senate to become the new president at Washington D.C. conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation.

Standing before Heritage Foundation staffers and next to outgoing Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner, Sen. DeMint received a standing ovation from those in attendance, tweeted Heritage staffer Robert Bluey.:

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 “I’m joining The Heritage Foundation at a time when conservatives needs strong leadership in the battle of ideas,” DeMint said. “This is a homecoming for me,”  and that  “It feels like I just walked in the front door of my own house.” 

According to Bluey, Mr. Demint also said that the Senator considers leaving the upper chamber and oing to Heritage to be a “big promotion. 

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola released a statement on DeMint’s departure from the Senate to Heritage saying: 

“Senator DeMint has done more to advance the cause of freedom and liberty in Congress than anyone else since his election,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola.“Senator DeMint is a champion of economic freedom, a defender of free markets, and one of the strongest allies the Club for Growth has had in the United States Senate. We wish him nothing but the best in his new role at Heritage.”