Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Glenn McConnell was born December 11, 1947 in Charleston, South Carolina and is a lifelong resident of the Charleston area. He is the son of the late Samuel W. McConnell and the late Evelyn McDaniel McConnell. He was educated in Charleston area public schools and is a 1965 graduate of Saint Paul’s High School. He graduated from the College of Charleston in 1969 and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1972. He has also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Charleston, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Citadel, an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Francis Marion University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a member of the Exchange Club of Charleston.
Upon graduation from law school, Lieutenant Governor McConnell began his career in public service by working as a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program. He later served as a Labor Management Relations Specialist with the Charleston Naval Shipyard before going into private practice. After retiring from active practice, Lt. Governor McConnell managed a family business, CSA Galleries, until 2009, when he and his brother, Samm, decided to retire and close CSA Galleries.
In 1980, Lt. Governor McConnell was elected to represent the 41st District in the South Carolina Senate, where he has served as Chairman of the Rules Committee and then as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2001, he was elected the first Republican President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate since Reconstruction. During his time as President Pro Tempore, he created an atmosphere of non-partisanship and mutual respect in the Senate. As the incumbent Senate President Pro Tempore, he ascended to the office of Lt. Governor on March 13, 2012 upon the resignation of former Lt. Governor Ard and vacancy of the office.
Though Lt. Governor McConnell personally wished to remain in his Senate seat, his strong commitment to the State Constitution and public service made it impossible for him to remain in his influential seat as Senate President Pro Tempore and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Honoring his oath of office and upholding the State Constitution, he took over the part-time position of Lt. Governor.
It is with this dedication to public service that Lt. Governor McConnell will proudly continue to serve South Carolina and advocate on its behalf. He has been a staunch fighter in protecting the heritage of South Carolina and all of its citizens. He has worked to ensure that the true struggle of all of South Carolina’s people will be remembered. He has shown his commitment to this concept by advocating for and serving as chair for the African-American History Monument Commission. He has remarked many times over the years that even though people try to rewrite our history books on a daily basis, the true story of our collective history must be remembered for future generations. As Chairman of the Hunley Commission, Lt. Governor McConnell has worked tirelessly to memorialize the lives of the men, who gave their lives to test the limits of technology and to fight for their cause of freedom, aboard the H. L. Hunley.
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