The 2010 legislative begins Monday. And first up for Georgia lawmakers will be a change of leadership in the House.
State Rep. David Ralston, a Blue Ridge Republican, is expected to be elected speaker. And Jan Jones is in line to be speaker pro tem, the first woman to hold the chamber's No. 2 post.
The shakeup comes on the wake of Glenn Richardson's resignation as speaker following a suicide try and allegations of an affair with a lobbyist. Richardson was Georgia's first Republican leader since Reconstruction and had led the chamber since the GOP took over in 2005.
Ralston and Jones have been elected by the ruling House GOP caucus. They must be approved by the full House.