Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
|South Carolina Lieutenant Governor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$39,250,109|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||South Carolina Constitution, Article IV, Section VIII|
|Assumed office:||June 18, 2014|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other South Carolina Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Comptroller • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Adjutant General • Inspector General • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officer
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Elections
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
Beginning in 2018, the lieutenant governor will be elected on a joint ticket with the governor. The change is the result of a ballot measure passed by voters in 2012. Read more about the background to this ballot measure and the succession debate that led to it at: The dreaded promotion: South Carolina's lieutenant governorship.
- See also: Current Lieutenant Governors
The current interim lieutenant governor is John McGill. He was elevated to this office under unusual circumstances, as the governorship and State Senate were both under Republican control. The Senate President pro tempore, Republican John Courson, had previously refused to replace then-incumbent Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell as the South Carolina Constitution requires. No Republican state senator wished to fill the lieutenant governor position, so John McGill was temporarily elected by his colleagues as president pro tempore and, when McConnell resigned, was elevated to the lieutenant governor's office soon thereafter.
Former lieutenant governor Glenn McConnell had assumed office in a similar manner on March 9, 2012 by virtue of his role as Pro Tem of the South Carolina Senate. He succeeded James Ken Ard (R) in office, who resigned amid a criminal investigation into his campaign spending.
Under Article IV, Section VIII:
A Lieutenant Governor shall be chosen at the same time, in the same manner, continue in office for the same period, and be possessed of the same qualifications as the Governor.
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
Section 2 of Article IV of the South Carolina Constitution lays out the qualifications for governor and lieutenant governor.
A candidate for the lieutenant governor must be:
- at least 30 years old
- a citizen of the United States
- a resident of South Carolina for at least five years
Additionally, the lieutenant governor may not hold office or a commission under any other power, excepting that of a militia.
Under Article IV, Sections VI and XI, the lieutenant governor replaces the governor almost any time the latter is unable to discharge the office:
If the Governor-elect dies or declines to serve, the Lieutenant Governor-elect shall become Governor for a full term. If the Governor-elect fails to take the oath of office at the commencement of his term, the Lieutenant Governor shall act as Governor until the oath is administered.
In the case of the removal of the Governor from office by impeachment, death, resignation, disqualification, disability, or removal from the State, the Lieutenant Governor shall be Governor. In case the Governor be impeached, the Lieutenant Governor shall act in his stead and have his powers until judgment in the case shall have been pronounced. In the case of the temporary disability of the Governor and in the event of the temporary absence of the Governor from the State, the Lieutenant Governor shall have full authority to act in an emergency.
If the lieutenant governor is also unable to serve the legally set-up line of succession is employed and the full powers of the governor devolve upon whoever takes the office.
Additionally, each South Carolina State Senate elects a Senate President Pro Tem each times it convenes, an officer who fills in for the lieutenant governor's senatorial duties as needed.
South Carolina elects lieutenant governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For South Carolina, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all lieutenant gubernatorial election years. Legally, the lieutenant gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Wednesday following the second Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 12, 2011 and January 14, 2015 are inaugural days.
If there is a tie, a joint session of the legislature shall cast ballots to choose the lieutenant governor from the two highest vote getters.
Change to joint ticket
While some, including former Gov. Mark Sanford, long supported moving to the joint ticket, it was the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Ken Ard (R) that brought the issue to the forefront. Following Ard's resignation due to ethics violations, Glenn McConnell, as Senate President Pro Tempore, ascended to the position. As President Pro Tempore McConnell was the state's most powerful legislator, the position of lieutenant governor, however, is a relatively weak one. As such, McConnell initially considered stepping down as President in order to avoid becoming lieutenant governor, but eventually accepted the new role, saying he could not go against the South Carolina Constitution.Cite error: Closing
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Under the new changes, the governor will appoint a new lieutenant governor in the event of a vacancy, which would have allowed McConnell and MCGill to retain their seats.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor, Click [show] to expand the section.
The lieutenant governor is South Carolina's second highest Constitutional Officer. Under the State Constitution, the lieutenant governor serves as the president of the Senate and assumes the position of governor if for any reason the governor is unable to perform the duties of that office.
As president of the Senate, the lieutenant governor is the presiding officer and is often called upon to make significant rulings which affect the outcome of senate votes and debates. Legally, the Lieutenant Governor only has a vote in the Senate when the chamber's members are evenly divided.
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The budget for the lieutenant governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $39,250,109.
The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.
As of 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $100,000 a year, the 19th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1730-Present|
|3||William Bull II||1755-1756|
|20||Thomas Sumter, Jr.||1804-1806|
|26||John A. Cuthbert||1816-1818|
|28||William C. Pinckney||1820-1822|
|30||William A. Bull||1824-1826|
|31||James H. Witherspoon||1826-1828|
|34||Charles Cotesworth Pinckney||1832-1834|
|35||Whitemarch B. Seabrook||1834-1836|
|38||W. K. Clowney||1840-1842|
|39||Isaac Donnom Witherspoon||1842-1844|
|40||J. F. Ervin||1844-1846|
|42||William H. Gist||1848-1850|
|43||Joshua John Ward||1850-1852|
|44||James H. Irby||1852-1854|
|47||M. E. Carn||1858-1860|
|48||W. W. Harllee||1860-1862|
|49||Plowden C. J. Weston||1862-1864|
|50||Robert G. McCaw||1864-1865|
|51||W. D. Porter||1865-1868|
|53||A. J. Ransier||1870-1872|
|54||R. Howell Gleaves||1872-1874|
|55||R. H. Gleaves||1874-1876|
|56||W. D. Simpson||1876-1879|
|57||John D. Kennedy||1880-1882|
|58||John C. Sheppard||1882-1886|
|59||William L. Mauldin||1886-1890|
|60||Eugene B. Gary||1890-1893|
|61||W. H. Timmerman||1893-1897|
|62||M. B. McSweeney||1897-1899|
|63||Robert B. Scarborough||1899-1901|
|64||James H. Tillman||1901-1903|
|65||J. T. Sloan||1903-1907|
|66||Thomas G. McLeod||1907-1911|
|67||Charles A. Smith||1911-1915|
|68||Andrew J. Bethea||1915-1919|
|69||J. T. Liles||1919-1921|
|70||Wilson G. Harvey||1921-1923|
|71||E. B. Jackson||1923-1927|
|72||Thomas Bothwell Butler||1927-1931|
|73||James O. Sheppard||1931-1935|
|74||J. E. Harley||1935-1941|
|75||Ransome J. Williams||1943-1945|
|76||George Bell Tummerman Jr.||1947-1955|
|77||Ernest F. Hollings||1955-1959|
|78||Burnett R. Maybank Jr.||1959-1963|
|79||Robert E. McNair||1963-1965|
|80||John C. West||1967-1971|
|81||Earle E. Morris Jr.||1971-1975|
|82||W. Brantley Harvey Jr.||1975-1979|
|84||Michael R. Daniel||1983-1987|
|85||Nick A. Theodore||1987-1995|
|86||Robert Lee Peeler||1995-2003|
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State House, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 142
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
- Governor: Nikki Haley (R)
- Lieutenant Governor: John McGill (D)
- Attorney General: Michael Alan Wilson (R)
- Auditor of State: Richard Gilbert, Jr. (R)
- Secretary of State: Mark Hammond (R)
- Commissioner of Agriculture: Hugh Weathers (R)
- Treasurer of State: Curtis Loftis, Jr. (R)
- Office of the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
- About the office of the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
- Independent Mail, "South Carolina approves governor-lieutenant governor ticket," November 7, 2012
- The State, "After delay, Democrat McGill becomes SC interim lieutenant governor," June 18, 2014
- Washington Post, "SC's lieutenant governor resigns amend criminal probe of campaign spending for personal items," Friday March 9, 2012
- South Carolina Radio Network, "Voters decide Gov. and Lt. Gov. on same ticket starting in 2018," November 7, 2012
- South Carolina Budget and Control Board, "Current Budget Plans FY 2013-2014," accessed April 8, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 29, 2014
- South Carolina State House, Former Lieutenant Governors, accessed March 27, 2014