T.W. Shannon, of Lawton, officially takes Oklahoma House speaker's post - Article Photos 4/18

Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, hugs T. W. Shannon after he is elected. In background is and Rep. Lisa Billy, R-Lindsay. T. W. Shannon was elected by his colleagues in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as their Speaker for 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