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Ex-SC lieutenant governor, senator gets $122,000 state job

Yancey McGill has a new state job that pays $122,000 a year.

The Democrat, who was lieutenant governor for half a year and a state senator for a quarter-century, has taken a job as state director of the S.C. Office on Aging, working for new Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster.

McGill told The State Wednesday that McMaster, a Columbia Republican, asked him to take the job. “I told him I would look forward to it with all my background” reviewing agency budgets in the state Legislature, McGill said.

The real estate broker and homebuilder was in the state Senate from 1989 until last year, when he volunteered to become Senate president pro tem in a move that he knew would result in his immediate elevation to lieutenant governor.

There were no other volunteers to fill that vacancy, left when Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, a Charleston Republican, resigned to become the College of Charleston’s president.

Taking the job meant McGill had to give up his Senate seat and become a political placeholder for half a year, until McMaster took office.

“Senator McGill is quite a valuable asset to our state. We are fortunate to have him on the team,” said Mark Plowden, McMaster’s chief of staff.