McConnell becomes SC's lieutenant governor

former Lt. Gov. Ken Ard

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