Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell (R-Charleston) was officially sworn in this afternoon.
AUDIO: McConnell takes the oath from Chief Justice Jean Toal of the SC Supreme Court
While this is an historic day, McConnell’s staffers described him as “incredibly sad.” He assumes the role after last-weeks swift departure and indictment of then-Lt. Gov. Ken Ard for breaking campaign spending laws.
McConnell, in a speech to the Senate, explained it is his devotion to the Constitution that made him step up.
AUDIO: McConnell’s Senate speech (13:01)