T.W. Shannon, of Lawton, officially takes Oklahoma House speaker's post - Article Photos 12/18

Oklahoma's 4th District US Congressman Tom Cole was in the gallery to see T. W. Shannon elected as Speaker of the House. 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