COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell
has been sworn in as South Carolina's new lieutenant governor.
McConnell took the oath of office shortly after noon Tuesday
from Chief Justice Jean Toal.
The Charleston Republican reluctantly gives up his powerful
position as Senate President Pro Tem and Judiciary Committee
chairman to assume a role largely viewed as ceremonial.
Senators gave McConnell a standing ovation. Majority Leader
Harvey Peeler of Gaffney and Minority Leader John Land of Manning
helped McConnell into the lieutenant governor's robe.
He steps into the statewide position following a tumultuous
Friday in which former Lt. Gov. Ken Ard resigned and pleaded guilty
o campaign fraud. The Republican was sentenced to five years of
probation and 300 hours of public service for campaign finance