Retiring Democrat briefly presides over SC Senate
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat has briefly directed the Republican-controlled chamber.
Senate Minority Leader John Land of Manning presided over the desk for the opening 15 minutes of Tuesday's legislative session. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell then took over.
Land told senators he had not occupied that spot at the chamber's helm since 2002.
Land is the Senate's longest-serving member. He announced in March that he would not seek a 10th term. The 71-year-old senator says 38 years in the Legislature is long enough. He served two years in the House before being elected to the Senate in 1976.
Land has led Senate Democrats since 1993. He was Senate majority leader until Republicans took over the chamber in 2000.
He is among several long-time senators leaving office this year.
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