T.W. Shannon, of Lawton, officially takes Oklahoma House speaker's post - Article Photos 1/18

T. W. Shannon waves to a familiar face in the House gallery while colleagues are voting to elect him as Speaker for the Oklahoma House of Representatives during the upcoming legislative session. Shannon, a Republican, 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