McGill says he's willing to be lieutenant governor

Photo: S.C. Senate Democratic Caucus

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Democratic Sen. Yancey McGill of Kingstree says he's willing to leave his Senate seat to become lieutenant governor for the next six months.

The 26-year Senate veteran said Tuesday he's ready to move forward when Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell resigns. The Senate is expected to elect McGill as its president pro tem. He would then become lieutenant governor.

McGill says the resignation and swearing in would be a historic moment for the Senate.

McConnell is resigning to take his new job as president of the College of Charleston, which starts July 1. Columbia Sen. John Courson resigned as pro tem two weeks ago so he wouldn't have to become lieutenant governor.

A Democrat has not held the seat since 1995, also under a Republican governor.

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