Article Photos: T.W. Shannon, of Lawton, officially takes Oklahoma House speaker's post 10/18

T. W. Shannon accepts the Speaker's gavel from Rep. Weldon Watson, majority caucus chairman, after being   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