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.”