COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina will have a Democrat in the lieutenant governor's office for the first time in two decades.
Senators unanimously decided Wednesday to make Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill of Kingstree the Senate's next leader. After Glenn McConnell resigned moments later, McGill took the oath of officer to become the new lieutenat governor.
McGill said Tuesday he was willing to leave the Senate to temporarily occupy the state's No. 2 post. But political wrangling over his ascension and the following vote to elect the Senate's next leader caused senators to immediately adjourn instead.
McGill is a 26-year veteran of the Senate, ranked No. 6 in the chamber's seniority.
Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence was later elected to be the new Senate Pro Tem to replace McGill.