This year, as Vermonters see a new governor and lieutenant governor begin their terms, new presiding officers are also overseeing the legislature. In the Democratically controlled House, Mitzi Johnson became the third female speaker to lead that chamber. The Senate is being led by a Democrat/Progressive from Burlington. Tim Ashe has been a member since 2009, sitting on key committees including Finance and Judiciary. Now in charge of the Senate agenda, he says the legislators’ key challenge comes from outside the Statehouse.