78
      Sunday
      94 / 74
      Monday
      91 / 73
      Tuesday
      91 / 73

      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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