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|Last election=[[South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
 
|Last election=[[South Carolina lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010|November 2, 2010]]
 
|Other offices = [[Governor of South Carolina|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[South Carolina Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[South Carolina Comptroller General|Comptroller]] • [[South Carolina Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[South Carolina Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[South Carolina Auditor|Auditor]] • [[South Carolina Adjutant General|Adjutant General]] • [[South Carolina Inspector General|Inspector General]] • [[South Carolina Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Labor, Licensing and Regulation|Labor Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Public Service Commission|Public Service Commission]]
 
|Other offices = [[Governor of South Carolina|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[South Carolina Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[South Carolina Comptroller General|Comptroller]] • [[South Carolina Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[South Carolina Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[South Carolina Auditor|Auditor]] • [[South Carolina Adjutant General|Adjutant General]] • [[South Carolina Inspector General|Inspector General]] • [[South Carolina Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Labor, Licensing and Regulation|Labor Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Public Service Commission|Public Service Commission]]
}}{{tnr}}The '''Lieutenant Governor of the State of [[South Carolina]]''' is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the [[Governor of South Carolina]]. The Lieutenant Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.  
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}}{{tnr}}The '''Lieutenant Governor of the State of [[South Carolina]]''' is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the [[Governor of South Carolina]]. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.  
  
Beginning in 2018, the lieutenant governor will be elected on a joint ticket with the [[ Governor of South Carolina|governor]]. The change is the result of a [[South Carolina Gubernatorial Elections, Amendment 1 (2012)|ballot measure]] passed by voters in 2012.<ref name=indmail/>
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Beginning in 2018, the lieutenant governor will be elected on a joint ticket with the [[Governor of South Carolina|governor]]. The change is the result of a [[South Carolina Gubernatorial Elections, Amendment 1 (2012)|ballot measure]] passed by voters in 2012.<ref name=indmail/>
  
 
==Current officer==
 
==Current officer==

Revision as of 15:12, 28 March 2014

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $39,250,109
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  South Carolina Constitution, Article IV, Section VIII
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Glenn McConnell
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  March 13, 2012
Compensation:  $46,545
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other South Carolina Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateComptrollerAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorAdjutant GeneralInspector GeneralSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The Lieutenant Governor of the State of South Carolina is an elected Constitutional officer, the second ranking officer of the Executive branch, and the first officer in line to succeed the Governor of South Carolina. The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

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.[1]

Current officer

See also: Current Lieutenant Governors

The current lieutenant governor is Glenn McConnell. He assumed office 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.[2]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of the lieutenant governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

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.

Qualifications

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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
  • a believer in the existence of the "Supreme Being"

Additionally, the lieutenant governor may not hold office or a commission under any other power, excepting that of a militia.


Vacancies

Under Article IV, Sections VI and XI, the lieutenant governor replaces the governor almost any time the latter is unable to discharge the office:

Section VI:

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.

Section XI:

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.

Elections

South Carolina state government organizational chart
See also: Gubernatorial election cycles by state
See also: Election of lieutenant governors

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

Beginning in 2018, the governor and lieutenant governor will be elected on a joint ticket. The change is the result of a ballot measure passed by voters in 2012.[1]

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 </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Under the new changes, the governor would have appointed a new lieutenant governor in the event of a vacancy, allowing McConnell to retain his seat.[1]

Full History


Duties

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.

Due to the passage of a ballot measure in 2012, this role will no longer exist in 2018. Instead the chamber will elect a President pro tempore.[3]

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the lieutenant governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $39,250,109.[4]

Compensation

See also: Comparison of lieutenant gubernatorial salaries

The lieutenant governor's pay is set by law and may not be increased or diminished effective during the current term.

2013

In 2013, the lieutenant governor was paid an estimated $46,545. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[5]

2010

As of 2010, the lieutenant governor was paid $100,000 a year, the 19th highest lieutenant gubernatorial salary in America.

Historical officeholders

List of Former Officeholders from DATE-Present[6]
# Name Tenure Party
1 Thomas Broughton 1730-1737
2 William Bull 1738-1755
3 William Bull II 1755-1756
4 Henry Laurens 1776-1777
5 James Parson 1777-1779
6 Thomas Bee 1779-1780
7 Christopher Gadsden 1780-1782
8 Richard Hutson 1782-1783
9 Richard Beresford 1783-1783
10 William Moultrie 1784-1785
11 Charles Drayton 1785-1787
12 Thomas Gadsen 1787-1789
13 Isaac Holmes 1791-1792
14 James Ladson 1792-1794
15 Lewis Morris 1794-1796
16 Robert Anderson 1796-1798
17 John Drayton 1798-1800
18 Richard Winn 1800-1802
19 Ezekiel Pickens 1802-1804
20 Thomas Sumter, Jr. 1804-1806
21 John Hopkins 1806-1808
22 Frederick Nance 1808-1810
23 Samuel Farrow 1810-1812
24 Eldred Simkins 1812-1814
25 Robert Creswell 1814-1816
26 John A. Cuthbert 1816-1818
27 William Youngblood 1818-1820
28 William C. Pinckney 1820-1822
29 Henry Bradley 1822-1824
30 William A. Bull 1824-1826
31 James H. Witherspoon 1826-1828
32 Thomas Williams 1828-1830
33 Patrick Noble 1830-1832
34 Charles Cotesworth Pinckney 1832-1834
35 Whitemarch B. Seabrook 1834-1836
36 William DuBose 1836-1838
37 B.K. Henagan 1838-1840
38 W. K. Clowney 1840-1842
39 Isaac Donnom Witherspoon 1842-1844
40 J. F. Ervin 1844-1846
41 William Cain 1846-1848
42 William H. Gist 1848-1850
43 Joshua John Ward 1850-1852
44 James H. Irby 1852-1854
45 Richard Detreville 1854-1856
46 Gabriel Cannon 1856-1858
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
52 Lemuel Boozer 1868-1870
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
83 Nancy Stevenson 1979-1983
84 Michael R. Daniel 1983-1987
85 Nick A. Theodore 1987-1995
86 Robert Lee Peeler 1995-2003
87 Andre Bauer 2003-2011
88 Ken Ard 2011-2012
89 Glenn McConnell 2012-Current Republican Party

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Contact information

State House, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 142
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
Phone:803-734-2080
Fax:803-734-2082
E-mail: ltgov@scsenate.org

See also

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