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South Carolina Lieutenant Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $39,250,109
Term limits:  None
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
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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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]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the 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.


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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.


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.


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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


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]


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State budget

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


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.


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


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

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

State House, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 142
Columbia, South Carolina 29202

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