Behind the Scenes: Jim DeMint Moves in at Heritage

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Heritage President Jim DeMint moves into his new office. Photo: Katie NielsenHeritage President Jim DeMint moves into his new office. Photo: Katie Nielsen

Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint was spotted this week moving into his new office at Heritage. He took the reins last week from Ed Feulner, who served as president since 1977.

Hillsdale College President Pays Tribute to Ed Feulner

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Earlier this week at The Heritage Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Leadership Celebration, Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn paid a special tribute to former Heritage President Ed Feulner.

Arnn presented Feulner with a book by Winston Churchill, a first American edition. Arnn told him that there’s something Ed has in common with the men in Churchill’s book: “They’re all great, they did something significant.”

Watch the entire video of the Larry Arnn’s speech below.

Farewell from Ed Feulner

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Retiring Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner laughs during this year's Presidents' Tour. Photo: Shealah Craighead

Retiring Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner laughs during this year’s Presidents’ Tour. Photo: Shealah Craighead

Dear friends,

Today is my last day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and I want to write you one last note in that capacity. We’ve had quite a ride these last three-and-a-half decades, and I leave knowing that Heritage will flourish under my successor, Jim DeMint.

I want to thank you for your generous support, of course, but more importantly, to tell you to remain optimistic about the future. Yes, progressives are on the offensive, aggressively trying to remake our country using a Euro-socialist mold. But this is why we must now redouble our efforts, not lessen or abandon them. Continue Reading »

Ted Cruz Praises Heritage with Three Tributes to Freedom

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at Heritage's Annual Leadership Conference and Board Meeting Tuesday.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at Heritage’s Annual Leadership Conference and Board Meeting Tuesday.

Speaking today to Heritage Foundation President’s Club members today in Washington, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) offered three tributes in honor of Heritage’s fortieth anniversary and our leadership transition.

1. A Tribute to Heritage President Ed Feulner

Feulner built Heritage from humble beginnings into a powerhouse that provided the intellectual and policy foundation for the Reagan administration and later conservative successes. Today, he said, Heritage is the “preeminent source for conservative and free market policy ideas.”

2. A Tribute to Heritage President-Elect Jim DeMint.

Demint, Cruz says, is a “recovering politician” who “lacks a fear of ridicule.” When he first came to Congress, his was a lonely voice for free enterprise and limited government. Thanks in part to DeMint’s work to support conservative candidates, he explained, there are today many more voices for these timeliss principles. “If it weren’t for Sen. Jim DeMint, I would not be in the U.S. Senate,” Cruz said.

3. A Tribute to The Heritage Foundation

Finally, Cruz praised The Heritage Foundation as an institution:

  • The fight for freedom is central to Heritage’s mission, he said. And we cannot take freedom for granted, since, “as Reagan said, freedom isn’t passed through blood. It has to be fought for.”
  • Heritage knows ideas matter, and the organization “serves as a laboratory for growing, restoring, and percolating ideas,” Cruz said. “For example, if Reagan’s ideas were in use now, we would have 7 million more jobs.  Refining these ideas will be the tools that will save our country’s future.”
  • Heritage has the courage of its convictions. “All of us were taught in junior high that invertebrates can’t walk upright,” Cruz joked. “But politicians disprove that every day!” Courage is rare inside the Beltway, but Cruz said DeMint has the necessary fortitude: “it bodes well for Heritage that our new president has unflinching courage.”

Cruz also encouraged conservatives to remember that message matters. While we cannot and should not compromise our principles, he said, we need to reach out to new audience and not simple “preach to the choir.”

And he reminded President’s Club members not to give up. Not only are conservatives blessed with a cadre of young new leaders, he reminded us that political fortunes can change overnight. After all, he said, it was less than a decade ago that the pundits were predicting a permanent GOP majority—a prediction followed shortly by liberal victories in 2006 and 2008.

Heritage Celebrates 40 Years, Honors Ed Feulner and Jim DeMint

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This is an important week for The Heritage Foundation. Not only are we celebrating our 40th anniversary of advancing principled conservative reforms, but we’re also honoring Ed Feulner’s 36 years of leadership as president and welcoming Sen. Jim DeMint as his successor.

The Annual Leadership Celebration and President’s Club Meeting gets underway this morning in Washington, DC. Highlights of the event include:

  • A conversation with Ed Feulner and Heritage historian Lee Edwards
  • Remarks from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and David Schweikert (R–AZ)
  • A panel discussion featuring Govs. Tom Corbett, Paul LePage and Bob McDonnell
  • Analysis from columnist Charles Krauthammer
  • And a special dinner honoring Feulner and DeMint

For your invitation to the 2014 President’s Club meeting, become a member of the President’s Club today.

Heritage Turns 40

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Heritage 40 logoSaturday marks the 40th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation.

Heritage scholar Lee Edwards describes the organization’s founding in The Power of Ideas. An excerpt:

The Heritage Foundation was formally incorporated in the District of Columbia on February 16, 1973. The three original trustees were Marvin H. (Mickey) Edwards, later a Republican member of Congress from Oklahoma; businessman John Perrino of Rhode Island; and Fritz Rench. On March 23, the board of trustees was increased to six with the addition of Ed Feulner, Jack Wilson, and Forrest Rettgers, who would become executive vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers. On that same date, Rettgers was elected chairman of the board and [Paul] Weyrich president of Heritage.

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Photo: Ed Feulner and Jim DeMint in Palm Beach

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Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner, left, and his successor, Jim DeMint, shake hands on-stage during a Presidents' Tour event in Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday. Photo: Joyce Boghosian

Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner, left, and his successor, Jim DeMint, shake hands on-stage during a Presidents’ Tour event in Palm Beach, Florida on Wednesday. Palm Beach was the eighth of 10 stops on the nationwide Presidents’ Tour, which allows Heritage members to meet DeMint and discuss the future of the conservative movement. Photo: Joyce Boghosian

Watch Jim DeMint and Ed Feulner Live Online on February 15

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This Friday, February 15, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner and Heritage President-Elect Jim DeMint will conclude their nationwide Presidents’ Tour with an event in our nation’s capital. We will stream their remarks live online for our members and supporters.

Update: Watch a video of the event below: Continue Reading »

Ed Feulner and Jim DeMint Kick Off the Second Half of the Presidents’ Tour

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Ed Feulner and Jim DeMint in San Francisco

Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner, left, and Heritage President-Elect Jim DeMint pause to recite the pledge of allegiance before a Presidents’ Tour event in San Francisco on Jan. 24. Photo: Joyce Boghosian

Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner and his successor, Jim Demint, met thousands of Americans last month in New York, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles on the first leg of their Presidents’ Tour.

Today, the Heritage team is leaving on the second half of the whirlwind tour. Feulner and DeMint will visit Dallas and Atlanta tomorrow, Palm Beach on Wednesday and Naples on Thursday before wrapping up the tour Friday in Washington, DC.

Learn more about the President’s Tour. 

What Jim DeMint Told Heritage Members on the Presidents’ Tour in New York

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Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint speaks to Heritage members in New York on January 22. Photo: Shealah Craighead

Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint speaks to Heritage members in New York on January 22. Photo: Shealah Craighead

Heritage Foundation President-Elect Jim DeMint made the following remarks last month in New York City during the first stop on Heritage’s ten-city Presidents’ Tour. DeMint will take the reins as Heritage’s president in April.

You know, for the last 40 years, presidents have come and gone from the White House, senators and congressmen have come and gone, as have Supreme Court justices. But Ed Feulner and the Heritage Foundation have been the leaders of the free world, and I’m very grateful to Ed. Thank you very much.

And I too want to thank you. Folks outside of Washington have had my back for the last several years, and every time I’ve taken on the establishment in some way – whether it was the whole Washington establishment or even the Republican establishment – I think I would’ve been run out of town if I hadn’t had millions of people who’ve told me regularly, “We’ve got your back.” And I know a lot of you here are Heritage members; some have supported the Senate Conservatives Fund that I have been a part of putting together.

But all of you are here today because you’re willing to stand and fight for the ideas that we know make this country strong and make life better for 100 percent of Americans. And you inspire me by being here, because if there’s any group of people in the country who have the right to be somewhat discouraged, it’s conservatives in New York. The fact that you’re here should tell people all over the country that we should never quit – we should never even consider quitting. We are fighting for the greatest country that’s ever been on the face of the earth. We know the ideas that work and we need to stand up and move forward with them. I want to talk about how they’re working all over the country, but first I want to tell you just a little bit about me and Heritage, because I’m really a product of the Heritage Foundation. Continue Reading »

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