More Republican-backed measures — including lawsuit reform legislation — will make it to the governor now that GOP lawmakers have made historic gains in the Senate and House of Representatives, ranking Republicans say. Lawsuit reform, education reform and anti-abortion legislation could come to the forefront with Republicans controlling both the House and the Senate. Although lawmakers say they’ll work to find common ground, they could clash on key issues. "For the first time in Oklahoma history we’re going to be able to send Republican legislation to the governor’s desk,” said House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa. "I like that scenario. That should play well for us. I sense that we have the momentum.” Republicans captured the Senate for the first time in state history and increased their advantage in the House. The GOP picked up two seats in the Senate to take a 26 to 22 advantage and four seats in the House, giving Republicans a record-high 61 in the 101-seat body. Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, joked last week that key Republican bills will finally get heard. For the last two years, GOP senators have shared power with the Democrats. "In the past we had to deal with the triangle symmetry to get things done,” Coffee said. "I think having one less person in the mix will make it easier.” However, Republicans will have to push their measures past Gov. Brad Henry, a popular Democrat who won a landslide re-election in 2006. The governor has stressed his ability to work with both parties, but at the same time Henry has not shied away from vetoing key Republican measures. "I’ve had great success working with lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle, and I will continue to advocate a bipartisan approach to addressing the state’s challenges,” Henry said. It takes 67 members in the House to override a governor’s veto, and with 61 House members Republicans have "a better chance to get Democrats to go along with us,” Benge said. Democratic House leader Danny Morgan said he and Benge have a good working relationship. "His office was open to us,” said Morgan, D-Prague. "We did have the opportunity to at least have an audience and visit with the speaker ... and we never had that before.” Benge said he plans to "always be interested in what the House Democrats are thinking.” Coffee said he looks forward to spirited debate as well as cooperation. "It’s an important part of the democratic process,” Coffee said. "I’ve been that grenade thrower, it’s not easy.” In both legislative bodies, lawsuit reform is in the bull’s-eye. Last session, Henry vetoed a tort reform package championed by Republicans. Henry, a lawyer, also vetoed a lawsuit reform bill in 2007, saying several provisions were unconstitutional.