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House speaker-designate moves closer to filling leadership post

T.W. Shannon will be the first black person to serve as Speaker of the House. He will become speaker-elect during a meeting Thursday of the House Republican caucus.
Modified: November 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm •  Published: November 8, 2012
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Shannon, 34, will officially become speaker in January during an organizational meeting of the House. The four-month session begins in early February.

He downplayed the historic significance of his becoming speaker.

“I'm also part Chickasaw and the real story is a Chickasaw getting elected in Comanche territory,” Shannon joked.

Shannon said he is proud of his heritage, but that's not his focus.

“I ran as a conservative and that's why I got elected, not because of what I look like,” he said. “It's not the deciding factor of how I vote. It's part of who I am.”

MICHAEL MCNUTT

Capitol Bureau

mmcnutt@opubco.com