A conservative state senator from Anderson County has said he is interested in becoming South Carolina’s next lieutenant governor
According to the Anderson Independent-Mail, State Sen. Kevin Bryant, R-Anderson, told the newspaper that he would consider it an honor to be the state’s next in line to the Governor’s Office.
The lieutenant governor post became a focal point in state government this month when Gov. Nikki Haley on the day before Thanksgiving announced she has accepted the nomination from President-elect Donald Trump to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Once the move happens, current Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster will rise to replace her.
Under South Carolina’s constitution, the state Senate president pro tempore would then fill the lieutenant governor’s seat. But current President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, has already said he will not become Lt. Governor.
Bryant said that he spoke with Leatherman and McMaster on Friday about what it would take for him to become lieutenant governor until the next election in 2018. The Republican won a fourth Senate term this year.
Bryant said being lieutenant governor appeals to him because he would not be required to spend more time away in Columbia from his Upstate home. Besides being second in line for the Governor’s Office, the lieutenant governor also presides over the Senate and oversees the state Office on Aging. Bryant said he is familiar with the issues facing the state’s elderly residents because he serves seniors every day at his family-owned pharmacy in Anderson.