Video: Watch Michael Lamoureux's Opening Day Speech at the Arkansas Legislature

Below, video of Republican Sen. Michael Lamoureux of Russellville, speaking on his first day as leader of the state Senate.

Lamoureux was sworn in Monday as the first Republican to lead the Senate since Reconstruction. The GOP won control of the House and Senate in November's election.

The new president of the Arkansas Senate said this year's legislative session is more about how both parties can work together than just the debate over Medicaid's future.

Lamoureux vowed to work with both parties as the Legislature tries to address a Medicaid shortfall and a proposal to expand the program under the federal health care law.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)