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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

t

o campaign fraud. The Republican was sentenced to five years of



probation and 300 hours of public service for campaign finance



violations.

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