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Glenn McConnell
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Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
In office
March 13, 2012 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorKen Ard (R)
President Pro Tempore, South Carolina State Senate
Base salary$46,545
Elections and appointments
Term limits2 terms
Prior offices
South Carolina State Senate District 41
Bachelor'sCollege of Charleston, 1969
J.D.University of South Carolina Law School, 1972
BirthdayDecember 11, 1947
Place of birthCharleston, SC
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Glenn McConnell (b. December 11, 1947 in Charleston, SC) is the 89th and current Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. A Republican, he assumed this position on March 13, 2012 after Ken Ard (R) resigned amid a criminal investigation into his campaign spending.[1]

McConnell is not running for re-election in 2014, instead joining the College of Charleston as president.[2][3][4]

McConnell previously represented the 41st District in the South Carolina State Senate from 1981-2012, and was Senate President Pro Tempore from 2001-2012. Serving in this role made him the next in the line of succession for lieutenant governor. However, as President Pro Tempore, McConnell held much more power, leading to speculation that he would resign as Pro Tem in order to allow someone else to take the post, and then ask to be re-elected as Pro Tem.

In the end, McConnell accepted the lieutenant governorship, pointing to his dedication to the state Constitution. "It is more important that I exercise the duties of the office for which I have been elected and uphold my oath. I will not contort the words of both the Constitution and my oath of office to keep a position that I might personally prefer," he stated.[5]

McConnell lists his legislative goals as "Control the rate of growth in government, hold down taxes, create educational opportunities, protect the public from crime."[6]


McConnell was born December 11, 1947 in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from Saint Paul's High School, the College of Charleston (BS, 1969) and the University of South Carolina School of Law (JD, 1972). After graduating from law school, McConnell worked as a staff attorney for Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program. He later worked as a Labor Relations Specialist for the United States Charleston Naval Shipyard, after which he entered private practice. He retired from active practice and managed a family business with his brother until his retirement in 2009.[7]


  • BS, College of Charleston (1969)
  • JD, University of South Carolina (1972)

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina (2012-present)

McConnell first assumed the office of Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina on March 13, 2012. When former lieutenant governor Ken Ard resigned his position, McConnell, as Senate President Pro Tempore, took over the position. McConnell "personally wished to remain in his Senate seat," but "his strong commitment to the State Constitution and public service made it impossible to remain in his influential seat."[7]

McConnell is stepping down in June 2014 after he was hired to be president of the College of Charleston. The current Senate President Pro Tempore John Courson would normally follow in McConnell's footsteps but has reportedly said that he would decline to leave the Senate to become Lieutenant Governor.[4]

South Carolina State Senate (1980-2012)

McConnell is a former member of the South Carolina State Senate, representing the 41st District from 1980 to 2012. He was the President Pro Tempore in the senate from 2001 to 2012.

According to an October 2010 report by The Nerve, McConnell recorded salary and expenses of $133,529 for the 2.5-year period from Jan. 1, 2008, through mid 2010, making him the highest-compensated legislator in South Carolina during that period.[8]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McConnell served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, McConnell served on the following committees:

Roll call voting

S.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Glenn McConnell reacts to those who claim he's not "transparent" enough regarding the issue of roll-call voting

In South Carolina, only 25 percent of all bills were recorded during the 2009 session. A roll-call voting bill passed the House in the June 2010 session but that bill died in the Senate. Senator McConnell and Senator Jake Knotts contested the bill in the Senate -- preventing it from moving forward.[9]



See also: South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

McConnell is not running for re-election as South Carolina Lieutenant Governor in 2014.[3]


McConnell won re-election for District 41 of the South Carolina State Senate with 33,449 votes, ahead of write-ins (412).[10]

He raised $278,264 for his campaign.[11]

South Carolina State Senate, District 41
Candidates Votes

Green check mark transparent.png Glenn McConnell (R) 33,449
Write-ins 412

Campaign contributions

Comprehensive donor information for McConnell is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, McConnell raised a total of $1,108,816 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 10, 2013.[12]

Glenn McConnell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 SC State Senate Not up for election $151,710
2008 SC State Senate Won $278,264
2006 SC State Senate Not up for election $175,683
2004 SC State Senate Won $403,349
2002 SC State Senate Not up for election $10,450
2000 SC State Senate Won $31,900
1996 SC State Senate Won $57,460
Grand Total Raised $1,108,816


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Glenn McConnell's donors each year.[13] Click [show] for more information.


The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard

See also: The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee's Legislative Score Card

The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, a conservative pro-limited government think tank in South Carolina, releases its Scorecard for South Carolina Representatives and Senators once a year. The Scorecard gives each a legislator a score based on how they voted in the two-year legislative term prior to the election on specific issues which the Palametto Liberty PAC thought were anti-limited government. "Most of the votes shown on the score card are votes that we lost. Now we can identify the Legislators that caused us to lose these votes. These Legislators are the ones who need to be replaced if we are to achieve the vision of having the most free state in the nation."[14]


Glenn McConnell received a score of *% in the 2012 score card, ranking 37th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members.[15] His score was followed by Senators Floyd Nicholson (6%), John L. Scott, Jr. (6%), and Vincent A. Sheheen (6%).[16]
Note: McConnell's exact score is unavailable as he left office mid-term. His ranking still stands.

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Political offices
Preceded by
South Carolina State Senate - District 41
July 23, 2012-November 12, 2012
Succeeded by
Walter Hundley (R)
Preceded by
Ken Ard (R)
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Succeeded by