Democrat McGill is SC's new lieutenant governor

Photo: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina has 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. He occupied that position only until Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell turned in his resignation.

McGill's two swearing-in ceremonies were minutes apart.

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 postponed a vote.

McGill was a 26-year veteran of the Senate, ranked No. 6 in the chamber's seniority.

Senate Finance Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence is expected to be elected the next president pro tem.

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