Jim Preuitt of Talladega said Wednesday he is optimistic about working with Senate Republicans and a handful of Democrats to find an alternative to Sen.
Lowell Barron's leadership when the Legislature returns to work next year.
The new Senate will meet in January to elect its president pro tem and decide how to appoint committees and pick committee chairmen for the next four years.
hoping to bring more unity to the Senate.
thinks the Senate ought to be working together in a bipartisan effort, which he
said would probably make things smoother.
Senator Lowell Barron's group started having some defectors during the last four-year term, and the group grew last week when six Democratic senators including Preuitt
, announced they were open to forming a coalition with the 12 Republican senators.
said the situation has been developing over the past year.
The Senator said that Barron has problems with a lot of different senators.
said there has been "some discussion" of nominating him for the Senate's top position, but there remains a long time until leadership elections in January, and he
focus is on "reorganizing" the Senate for smoother operations.