By MyFM's Rick Michaels- In just a few days State Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland, who also represents Holliston, Hopkinton, Medway and parts of Franklin will assume the top post, becoming President of the Senate. Since winning a special election in 2001 Spilka served in the House for three years, before winning a seat in the Senate. She served as Chair of the Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Commission and the Economic Development Committee. Before former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, named her to the powerful Ways and Means Committee where she now serves as the Chair. Following the resignation of Rosenberg Senator Harriet Chandler stepped into the presidency on an interim basis, and Splika has the votes to succeed Chandler. The Senate will pause and take the time on Tuesday, to elect Spilka as the next senate president. The Ashland Democrat says one of her goals as President will be fostering a safe and warm welcoming environment for not only the members of the Senate, but for all who come into the Senate. Other themes will be regional equity and access for all, to civil, social and economic justice.