The majority Reublicans of the State Senate expect the new Senate Leader will be Michael Gibbons of Kirkwood. Gibbons will start his second term when the Legislature convenes January 5th. It’s expected he’ll become the President Pro-Tem of the senate that day. Gibbons expects some changes in the way the Senate works. Gibbons says reforms in civil lawsuit standards, education funding, and taxatiion are among the big items to be dealt with early.