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Slideshow: Day One of the 84th Legislature

On the first day of the 84th Legislature, state lawmakers were sworn into office amidst family and friends. Afterwards, the House re-elected Joe Straus speaker, while the Senate made Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa president pro tempore.

Outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and his daughter, Carolyn, on the first day of the 84th Legislative Session.
Gov.-elect Greg Abbott (left), Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick and Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht are shown in the House chamber on Jan. 13, 2015, the first day of the 84th Legislative Session.
State representatives make nominations for Speaker of the House on Jan. 13, 2015.
Governor-elect Greg Abbott poses with the grandson of state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, on Jan. 13, 2015.
State Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco, gives a personal speech on the House floor after losing the speaker's race to Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.
House Speaker Joe Straus shakes hands with state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, on the first day of the 84th Legislative Session.
Electronic voting board in House lights up with red votes for Joe Straus for Speaker of the House.
State Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, is sworn in as Texas Speaker of the House on January 13th, 2015
State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, (center with yellow rose) listens to seconding speeches in the Senate Chamber on Jan. 13, 2015.
State senators take the oath of office on the first day of the Texas Legislature on Jan. 13, 2015.
With Senate President Pro-Tempore "Chuy" Hinojosa watching, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst gives a final speech to the Texas Senate on Jan. 13, 2015.

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