The California state Senate will get a new leader on Wednesday. Sen. Toni Atkins, a San Diego Democrat, will succeed Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) as president pro tempore.
Here are five things to keep in mind as Atkins takes over:
Atkins will be just the third person to ever lead both the state Senate and Assembly, where she was speaker from May 12, 2014 to March 7, 2016.
It has been nearly 150 years since someone has served in both positions. Ransom Burnell was Assembly speaker in 1861 and Senate pro tem in 1864. James T. Farley was Assembly speaker in 1856 and Senate pro tem in 1871-1872.
Atkins will be the first woman to serve as pro tem. She follows 48 men. She will also be the first openly gay lawmaker to hold the position.