|90th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina|
June 18, 2014 – January 14, 2015
|Preceded by||Glenn F. McConnell|
|Succeeded by||Henry McMaster|
|President pro tempore of the South Carolina Senate|
June 17, 2014
|Preceded by||John E. Courson|
|Succeeded by||Hugh K. Leatherman Sr.|
|Member of the South Carolina Senate|
from the 32nd district district
January 10, 1989 – June 18, 2014
|Preceded by||Frank McGill|
|Succeeded by||Ronnie Sabb|
John Yancey McGill
September 18, 1952
Kingstree, South Carolina, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (Before 2016)|
|Education||Francis Marion University|
John Yancey McGill (born September 18, 1952) is an American politician from South Carolina. He was a member of the state Senate from 1989 to 2014. He served as the 90th Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina from June 2014 to January 2015. As of 2019, he is the last Democrat to serve in a statewide position in South Carolina.
He is a real estate broker and homebuilder.
McGill was formerly a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 32nd District from 1989 to June 18, 2014. His district, which covered Williamsburg and Georgetown counties, was heavily Democratic.
McGill became lieutenant governor after Glenn F. McConnell resigned to become president of The College of Charleston, becoming the first Democrat to hold the office since 1995. Although a Democrat, McGill ran unopposed for Senate president pro tempore in the Republican-controlled state Senate, winning a position usually held by a senator from the majority party. Immediately upon election, as planned, McConnell resigned, then McGill resigned, automatically being elevated to the post of lieutenant governor under the order of succession set forth in the state Constitution.
In January 2015, McMaster appointed McGill to be the State Director of South Carolina's Office on Aging. The position paid $122,000 a year. He stayed at the position for eight months before stepping down, retiring to his family farm in Kingstree.
In March 2016, McGill left the Democratic Party and announced his intention to run for governor of South Carolina as a Republican in the 2018 election. He had been a conservative Democrat for most of his career; he opposed abortion and supported curbs on government spending and regulation. He said that he hadn't changed parties sooner because his state senate district was too Democratic for him to be elected as a Republican. McGill was considered a long-shot contender in the Republican gubernatorial race, raising less money than McMaster or Catherine Templeton.
|South Carolina Gubernatiorial Primary (Republican), 2018|
|Kevin L. Bryant||24,699||6.7|
McGill married Pamela Jean Fennell on May 18, 1973; they have three children.
- Former Senator John Yancey McGill, South Carolina State Senate.
- Andy Shain, Yancey McGill: Surgery delayed filing campaign report for South Carolina governor, Post & Courier (April 17, 2017).
- Andrew Shain, EXCLUSIVE: Former Lt. Gov. McGill running for governor as a Republican, The State (March 21, 2016).
- Andre Shain, After delay, Democrat McGill becomes SC interim lieutenant governor, The State (June 18, 2014).
- Jamie Self, Ex-SC lieutenant governor, senator gets $122,000 state job, The State (January 29, 2015).
- Michaele Duke, McGill retires after meeting goals - Director of Office on Aging comes home, Kingstree News (August 10, 2015).
- Andy Shain, Yancey McGill raises less cash than 2018 South Carolina governor rivals,Post & Courier (April 15, 2017).
- Project Vote Smart - Senator J. Yancey McGill (SC) profile
- Follow the Money - J. Yancey McGill
Glenn F. McConnell
| Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina