Jim DeMint is the Republican U.S. senator for South Carolina running against Alvin Greene, the Democratic nominee. As part of an AOL Politics Daily series about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about DeMint's life.
How old is Jim DeMint?
DeMint is 59.
When was DeMint born?
DeMint was born on Sept. 2, 1951.
Where was Jim DeMint born?
DeMint was born in Greenville, S.C.
Who are Jim DeMint's parents?
DeMint's parents were Thomas Eugene DeMint and Betty W. Rawlings Batson. They divorced when he was 5, leaving Betty a single mother to raise four kids. Betty operated a dance studio out of their home called the DeMint Academy of Dance and Decorum. The New York Times reported
, "If one of her students needed a partner, she would summon young Jim."
Does Jim DeMint have any siblings?
Yes, he has three siblings.
What did Jim DeMint do before deciding to run for the Senate?
DeMint is an incumbent senator who also worked in market research. He had his own firm called the DeMint Group, which he was president of until he entered Congress in 1998.
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Read Jim DeMint's full bio here on his official campaign website.