|Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina|
|March 13, 2012 - June 18, 2014|
|Predecessor||Ken Ard (R)|
|President Pro Tempore, South Carolina State Senate|
|Elections and appointments|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|South Carolina State Senate District 41|
|Bachelor's||College of Charleston (1969)|
|J.D.||University of South Carolina Law School (1972)|
|Birthday||December 11, 1947|
|Place of birth||Charleston, SC|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign contributions
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Instead of run for a full, four-year term in 2014, McConnell stepped down as lieutenant governor on June 18, 2014 to become the new president of the College of Charleston. He was replaced by Democratic State Senator John McGill.
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."||”|
—Glenn McConnell, 
McConnell's office bio listed the following legislative goals: "Control the rate of growth in government, hold down taxes, create educational opportunities, protect the public from crime."
McConnell was born December 11, 1947, in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from Saint Paul's High School, the College of Charleston (B.S., 1969) and the University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 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.
- B.S., College of Charleston (1969)
- J.D., University of South Carolina (1972)
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina (2012-2014)
McConnell first assumed the office of Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina on March 13, 2012, following the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Ken Ard. At the time, McConnell was Senate President Pro Tempore and next in line to succeed the lieutenant governor in the event of a vacancy, therefore he took over the position- ostensibly to serve the remainder of Ard's unexpired term. While displeased with the circumstances calling for his sudden transition out of the Senate and into the lieutenant governor's office, McConnell stated that "his strong commitment to the State Constitution and public service made it impossible to remain in his influential seat."
McConnell vacated the lieutenant governor's office on June 18, 2014, about six months before his term's scheduled end-date, in order to begin his new position as president of the College of Charleston. The then-Senate President Pro Tempore, John Courson, would normally have followed in McConnell's footsteps, however Courson, in contrast with McConnell in 2012, is demurring from his prospective succession. A solution was discovered when the State Senate temporarily made Democrat John McGill the president pro tempore, allowing McGill to become lieutenant governor instead of Courson.
South Carolina State Senate (1980-2012)
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.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McConnell served on the following committees:
- Banking and Insurance Committee, South Carolina State Senate
- Ethics Committee, South Carolina State Senate
- Interstate Cooperation Committee, South Carolina State Senate
- Judiciary Committee, South Carolina State Senate, Chair
- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, South Carolina State Senate
- Rules Committee, South Carolina State Senate
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, McConnell served on the following committees:
- Banking and Insurance Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Ethics Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Interstate Cooperation Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Judiciary Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, South Carolina Senate
- Rules Committee, South Carolina Senate
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.
He raised $278,264 for his campaign.
|South Carolina State Senate, District 41|
|Glenn McConnell (R)||33,449|
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.
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. Click [show] for more information.
|Glenn McConnell's Campaign Contributions|
Senate District 41
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent|
|Top 5 contributors||AT&T||$2,000|
|Nexsen Pruet Adams Kleeeemeier||$1,798|
|Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina||$1,750|
|The Parks at Berkeley LLC||$1,000|
The Palmetto Liberty PAC Scorecard
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."
Glenn McConnell received a score of *% in the 2012 score card, ranking 37th out of all 46 South Carolina Senate members. His score was followed by Senators Floyd Nicholson (6%), John L. Scott, Jr. (6%), and Vincent A. Sheheen (6%).
Note: McConnell's exact score is unavailable as he left office mid-term. His ranking still stands.
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- Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
- Governor of South Carolina
- South Carolina Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014
- Office of the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
- McConnell's personal Lieutenant Governor website
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1996
- McConnell's Senate campaign website
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from October 20, 2011.
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from March 10, 2012.
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from October 11, 2011.
- Washington Post, "SC's lieutenant governor resigns amend criminal probe of campaign spending for personal items," Friday March 9, 2012
- The State, "SC’s libertarian Republicans take aim at chairman, Graham," May 4, 2013
- The State, "McConnell: Why I will not seek election as lieutenant governor," January 6, 2014
- The State, "McConnell named College of Charleston president," March 24, 2014
- [ http://www.thestate.com/2014/06/18/3515963/after-delay-democrat-mcgill-becomes.html The State, "After delay, Democrat McGill becomes SC interim lieutenant governor," June 18, 2014]
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The State, "McConnell: ‘I have a moral obligation’," March 10, 2012, accessed May 2, 2014
- Office of the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor, "Meet Glenn McConnell," Accessed July 18, 2013
- South Carolina Lieutenant Governor, "Biography: Glenn McConnell," accessed May 21, 2012
- Lawmakers Cost Taxpayers Millions, The Nerve, Oct. 6, 2010
- Roll-Call voting bill fizzles in Senate
- South Carolina official election results for 2008
- Follow the Money's report on McConnell's 2008 campaign contributions
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Glenn McConnell," accessed May 10, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
- The Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "Voting Records," accessed April 11, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee, "South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012," accessed May 15, 2014
- Palmetto Liberty Political Action Committee: South Carolina Senate Score Card 2012, 2012
|South Carolina State Senate - District 41
July 23, 2012-November 12, 2012
| Succeeded by|
Walter Hundley (R)
Ken Ard (R)
|Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
| Succeeded by|