Meet Yancey McGill
Republican for Governor

John Yancey McGill was born in Kingstree, South Carolina to the late Frank H. and Peggy Tomlinson McGill. A lifelong Kingstree resident, the former Mayor of Kingstree graduated from Kingstree High School and later attended The Citadel and Francis Marion College, where he received one of several Honorary Doctorates Degrees for his outstanding work throughout the state of South Carolina. In 1974, he married Pamela Jean Fennell, and together, they have three children and six grandchildren. As the owner of John Yancey McGill Real Estate and a longstanding member of Kingstree First Baptist Church, McGill is a valued member of the Kingstree community.

In 1988, McGill was elected to the South Carolina State Senate where he served for 26 years. As a member of the State Senate, McGill was the chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Natural Resources and Economic Development and was a member of the Senate Finance Executive Committee. In addition, he also worked with many other agencies throughout the State.

On June 18, 2014, McGill was elected President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina State Senate. Following the resignation of Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell, he undertook the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. In his role as Lieutenant Governor, McGill continued to serve as President of the South Carolina State Senate and oversaw the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging. He then continued his commitment to seniors by serving as the State Director of Aging, where he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of senior citizens across the state.

Former State Senator and Lieutenant Governor Yancey McGill has also served as President of the Kingstree Chamber of Commerce and the Kingstree Jaycees, and he was chairman of the Waccamaw Regional Planning and Development Council, the Waccamaw Industrial Revolving Loan Commission, and the North East Economic Strategic Alliance. In addition to leading many important organizations, McGill has also been a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Committee of the Educational Improvement Act, and the Medical University of South Carolina Board of Visitors.