T.W. SHANNON ELECTED SPEAKER
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. Je is shown in the Speaker's chair after being sworn in. 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
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