As he prepares to end a 34-year career in elected office, Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell was honored with a new portrait that was unveiled in the South Carolina Senate chambers on Thursday.
Such a portrait is tradition for prominent leaders in the Senate. McConnell spent over a decade as Senate president pro tempore before he was required to resign and become lieutenant governor following the indictment of then-Lt. Gov. Ken Ard on ethics charges. McConnell had represented the Charleston area in the Senate since 1981.
McConnell said he was honored to be placed alongside other distinguished state leaders. “See these portraits in this chamber? They really can speak to us long after these leaders are gone. And that’s what I really like about art.”
Listen to McConnell’s speech (17:01)
The portrait by John Seibels Walker shows McConnell standing on a beach as the sun sets on one of Charleston’s barrier islands. In his hand, he is holding a gold coin that was found on the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley. Recovering the Hunley had been one of McConnell’s passions during his time in the Senate.
McConnell announced earlier this month that he would not seek reelection. He has applied to become the next president at the College of Charleston.