Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper is ready to share his agenda to a North Carolina legislature that became more Democratic after November election results and to the public.

Cooper is delivering the biennial State of the State address on Monday evening to a joint session of the General Assembly at the Legislative Building.

Republicans still hold a majority in both the House and Senate but no longer have veto-proof control after Democrats picked up 16 additional seats. Cooper contributed to that improvement by raising millions of campaign dollars.

Cooper now has more leverage to push his initiatives. He’s likely to press hard on legislators to expand Medicaid through the 2010 federal health care law. Senate leader Phil Berger is supposed to give the Republican response after Cooper’s address.