New Speaker of the House T. W. Shannon sworn in - Photo Gallery 17/18

Rep. Mike Jackson places his hand on a Bible held by his wife before he is sworn in as the speaker pro tempore in the House of Representatives. T. W. Shannon was elected by his colleagues in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as their Speaker for the upcoming legislative session. Shannon, a Democrat from Lawton, is Oklahoma's first black Speaker of the House. He was sworn in on the floor of the House by Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Colbert on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. Colbert became Oklahoma's first black chief justice when he was sworn in last week. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman