COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - South Carolina has a new lieutenant governor and it's the first time that person has been a Democrat in two decades.
Senators unanimously decided Wednesday to make Williamsburg County Senator Yancey McGill the Senate president pro tempore so he could constitutionally be in line for lieutenant governor.
He occupied that position very briefly until Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell resigned, and McGill then took over the state's number-two elected office until voters decide in November who occupy the office next in January.
McGill's two swearing-in ceremonies were only minutes apart.
Meanwhile, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hugh Leatherman of Florence County was elected the next Senate president pro tem, though not without protest.
The 42-to-2 vote followed concerns from Edgefield County Senator Shane Massey that Leatherman may already have too much power.