John Yancey McGill
Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
John Yancey McGill, son of the late Frank H. and Peggy Tomlinson McGill, was born in Kingstree, South Carolina in 1952. A lifelong resident of Williamsburg County, he attended area public schools, and he later attended The Citadel and Francis Marion College. In 1974, he married Pamela Jean Fennell, and they have three children and three grandchildren.
Lieutenant Governor McGill is the owner of John Yancey McGill Real Estate in Kingstree, specializing in real estate brokering and residential homebuilding. He is a member of Kingstree First Baptist Church, where he is a Past Chairman of the Deacon Committee. Lieutenant Governor McGill has also served on the Kingstree Chamber of Commerce (Past President); the Kingstree Jaycees (Past President); the Waccamaw Regional Planning & Development Council (Board of Directors, Chairman); the Waccamaw Industrial Revolving Loan Commission (Past Chairman); the State Democratic Party Executive Committee (Past Member); the American Legislative Exchange Council; the North East Economic Strategic Alliance (Chairman); and the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors (Past Member).
Following in the footsteps of his father, Lieutenant Governor McGill has a long history of public service. He served on the Kingstree Town Council from 1976 to 1979, as Mayor Pro Tempore from 1978 to 1979, and as Mayor of Kingstree from 1984 to 1988. In 1988, he was elected to the South Carolina State Senate, where he served for 26 years. As a member of the State Senate, Lieutenant Governor McGill chaired the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Natural Resources and was a member of the Senate Finance Executive Committee.
On June 18, 2014, Lieutenant Governor McGill was elected President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina State Senate. Following the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell, he assumed the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, McGill serves as President of the South Carolina State Senate and oversees the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging. For his leadership and dedication to his constituents and all South Carolinians, Lieutenant Governor McGill has been presented with the following:
• Legislator of the Year (South Carolina Association of Counties), 1993
• Honorary Doctorate Degree (The Citadel), 1994
• Legislator of the Year (South Carolina Association of Regional Councils), 1997
• Legislative Award (Primary Health Care Association), 1998
• Senator of the Year (American Legion), 1999
• Legislative Award (South Carolina Counseling Association), 1999
• Honorary Doctorate Degree (Francis Marion University), 2001
• Senate Legislator of the Year (Association of Conservation Districts), 2002
• Legislator of the Year (South Carolina Cable Television Association), 2002
• Honorary Doctorate Degree (Medical University of South Carolina), 2004
• Honorary Doctorate Degree (Coastal Carolina University), 2008
• Distinguished Service Award (South Carolina Association of Counties), 2008
• William Henry Chandler Lifetime Achievement Award (Williamsburg Hometown Chamber), 2009
• Public Services Activities Service Award (Clemson University), 2010
• Advocate of the Year Award (South Carolina Advocates for Agriculture), 2010
• Honorary Doctorate Degree (Clemson University), 2011
• Community Health Center Champion Award (South Carolina Primary Healthcare Association), 2014