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DEMINT, JAMES W, Republican Party
South Carolina

Total number of trips - 7
Total cost of trips - $18,668.83

Average cost per trip - $2,666.98
Total number of days spent traveling - 20 days
Rank of representative - 318 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Citizens for a Sound Economy
Dates - July 16, 2000 - July 17, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - speech on social security legislation
Notes - Accompanied by wife Debbie DeMint

Travel Cost - $1,820.00
Lodging Cost - $110.00
Meal Cost - $90.00
Other Cost - $98.00
Total Cost - $2,118.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 4, 2001 - January 5, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - Educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $44.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost - $168.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $387.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Colorado Springs, CO

Purpose - Forum on healthcare
Notes - Spouse Debbie DeMint accompanied. Other costs are for transportation / phone charges

Travel Cost - $3,060.00
Lodging Cost - $1,043.16
Meal Cost - $485.82
Other Cost - $182.73
Total Cost - $4,771.71

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Smith Institute
Dates - February 8, 2001 - February 11, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - London, England

Purpose - To learn about social security reform in Great Britain and applications for US policy makers
Notes -

Travel Cost - $5,766.37
Lodging Cost - $597.00
Meal Cost - $268.41
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,631.78

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 28, 2002 - January 29, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - educational retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $72.00
Lodging Cost - $129.00
Meal Cost - $146.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $347.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Right to Work Committee
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - To attend their convention and delivery keynote address
Notes - Wife Debbie DeMint accompanied him

Travel Cost - $2,165.80
Lodging Cost - $258.00
Meal Cost - $84.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,507.80

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Freedom Works
Dates - June 9, 2005 - June 11, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Napa, CA

Purpose - Deliver keynote on economic policy at annual conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $732.47
Lodging Cost - $932.00
Meal Cost - $241.07
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,905.54

Additional family members - No

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Kids playing video games. Photo: sean dreilinger via Flickr.

Learning from Video Games

A lot of parents worry about whether their kids' video game habits are harmful - especially when gaming gets in the way of homework or reading. But writer Greg Toppo says gaming can be a great way to learn.

Recent Posts

  • 06.17.15

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    For more than a century, Americans have been arguing about how to teach children about the birds and the bees in public schools. A new book argues that for all the fuss about sex education in America, students get precious little of it.
  • 06.11.15

    What can Japan teach us about teaching?

    Coming up this fall we'll be releasing a documentary about teacher preparation - how people learn to become teachers and how they get better once they're in the classroom. This week: how do Japanese teachers learn to improve on the job?
  • 06.02.15

    Million-Dollar Teacher

    When Nancie Atwell was growing up, she never thought she’d go to college, let alone become an award-winning teacher. But a few months ago, Atwell received a $1-million-dollar global prize for her decades of teaching English and literacy skills to elementary and middle schoolers.
  • 05.28.15

    Divestment on Campus

    Across the world, college students are urging their institutions to “divest” from fossil fuels. This week we ask: is the divestment movement working?