Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said when he took the gavel in August.
As a special session on the budget began, he felt like he was drinking from a fire hose.
McCutcheon told The Associated Press that he is now settling into the job.
The Monrovia lawmaker replaced ousted Speaker Mike Hubbard, who was automatically removed from office in June after being convicted on ethics charges.
McCutcheon took the helm of a House dealing with a budget crisis and contentious gambling legislation and a fractured Republican majority.