Alternate Crop

NewsOK | BLOGS

Inauguration Day

by Jim Beckel and Nate Billings and Chris Landsberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm •  Published: January 10, 2011
Tim Francis, of FrameMaster Gallery in Edmond, unrolls a portrait of Governor Mary Fallin as he replaces the portrait of former Governor Brad Henry in the House of Representatives Chamber at the Oklahoma State Capitol before the Inauguration of Mary Fallin in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Tim Francis, of FrameMaster Gallery in Edmond, unrolls a portrait of Governor Mary Fallin as he replaces the portrait of former Governor Brad Henry in the House of Representatives Chamber at the Oklahoma State Capitol before the Inauguration of Mary Fallin in Oklahoma City on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

Mary Fallin was sworn in as Oklahoma’s 27th governor, and the first female governor, during a ceremony today outside the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Staff Photographers Jim Beckel and Chris Landsberger photographed the ceremony outside, while I stayed inside to watch a much quicker ceremony. One with considerably less fanfare and no Toby Keith. Tim Francis, who owns FrameMaster Gallery in Edmond, Oklahoma, was hired to switch out the portrait of Brad Henry that hangs in the House of Representatives Chamber, with a portrait of Oklahoma’s newest Governor, Mary Fallin.

Gov. Mary Fallin enters the ballroom with her husband Wade Christensen during Fallin's inaugural ball at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Monday, January 10, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Gov. Mary Fallin enters the ballroom with her husband Wade Christensen during Fallin's inaugural ball at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Monday, January 10, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Maybe it’s because I’m a photographer, but the process of switching out an official portrait in the House of Representatives Chamber seemed intriguing to me. I thought of it months ago when I was on assignment in the House Chamber. Brad Henry’s portrait had been in pretty much the same place for eight years, for awhile next to George W. Bush, and then next to Barack Obama. I was reminded at the Capitol today, though, that the portraits did get moved around once or twice-unofficially. So, Mary Fallin’s portrait is locked into place for at least four years until it is moved to a more remote corner of the House Chamber, next to Brad Henry.

You can watch a slideshow of our images here, or take a look at the photo gallery that includes all the pictures we took from today’s ceremony.

FIRST WOMAN GOVERNOR / OKLAHOMA / STATE / SWEARING IN / OATH: Mary Fallin with husband Wade Christensen by her side is sworn in as governor by Chief Justice Steven Taylor during the 2011 inauguration of Mary Copeland Fallin as the 27th Governor of the State of Oklahoma at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
FIRST WOMAN GOVERNOR / OKLAHOMA / STATE / SWEARING IN / OATH: Mary Fallin with husband Wade Christensen by her side is sworn in as governor by Chief Justice Steven Taylor during the 2011 inauguration of Mary Copeland Fallin as the 27th Governor of the State of Oklahoma at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

-John Clanton

1 Show / Hide Archive Comments


by Jim Beckel
Photographer
Jim Beckel been a member of The Oklahoman's photo staff for 25 years. During that time, he and his cameras have covered virtually every type of news and feature story imaginable, traveling to all regions of Oklahoma to document events and provide...
+ show more

by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
+ show more

by Chris Landsberger
Assistant Photography Editor
Chris Landsberger is a native of Oklahoma and, as a photographer, has been able to travel coast to coast and everywhere in between to cover news for the last 13 years. He has been a part history that included coverage of Oklahoma City bomber...
+ show more



Trending Now


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Prisoners earn degrees through Tulsa Community College while behind bars
  2. 2
    OKC Thunder: Josh Huestis' agent proposed delaying rookie contract
  3. 3
    UK Supermarket To Power Itself With Food Waste
  4. 4
    The Most Water-Consuming States Are The Ones In Drought
  5. 5
    This company wants to replace your car with a fleet of Teslas and electric bikes
+ show more