South Carolina has a new lieutenant governor.
Former Sen. Glenn McConnell, a Charleston Republican, took the oath of office this afternoon and was officially sworn in by S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal.
Under the state constitution, McConnell is required to resign his top Senate post as president pro tem and assume the mostly-ceremonial post of lieutenant governor.
“Giving it up is indeed a sad moment for me,” McConnell said during a speech to senators Tuesday. “But my oath compels me to do the right thing no matter how difficult it is for me personally.”
McConnell said that during his 11 and a half years, he has worked to look past partisan lines and work with each senator, whether a Democrat or a Republican.
He added that he’s fought to uphold the state constitution.
Senators on both sides of the aisle praised McConnell Tuesday for his fairness, knowledge and leadership.
Later today, senators are expected to vote on a new leader. Sen. John Courson, R-Richland and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Cherokee, are in the running.
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