Haley’s term ends: McMaster takes the helm
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Henry McMaster began his term as governor of South Carolina on Jan. 24 after Nikki Haley was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
McMaster took the oath of office shortly after Haley’s resignation Tuesday night.
McMaster has a long history in politics, having been appointed by former president Ronald Reagan in the 80s as U.S. attorney general for South Carolina.
He also served as chairman of the Republican Party from 1994 to 2001 and as South Carolina’s attorney general from 2003 to 2011, according to the Post and Courier.
With the Lt. Governor’s seat vacant, many wondered who would fulfill that role.
Current state law called for the Senate president pro tempore to ascend to that post if it is vacant. Sen. Hugh Leatherman R-SC, the current Senate president, resigned to avoid becoming Lt. Governor.
After Haley’s initial nomination, Leatherman stated he had “no desire to seek statewide office and wishes to serve his Florence constituents” in a statement in November, according to Greenville Online.
The Senate convened Wednesday, and Sen. Kevin Bryant was unanimously voted Senate president, according to the Associated Press. Bryant did not hold that position for long, however, because he was sworn in as lieutenant governor shortly after.