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It’s Official

Boehner Takes the Gavel

President Obama’s headache begins now: The House’s new Republican majority was sworn in Wednesday afternoon. The ceremony kicked off with a speech by outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who introduced incoming Speaker John Boehner, who was elected Speaker by a 241-173 vote. (Nineteen Democrats opted to not vote for Nancy Pelosi.) Boehner then took the oath of office before administering it, en masse, to the rest of the House. After that, representatives dispersed for individual photo-op swearing-in ceremonies. On the other side of the Capitol, Vice President Joe Biden swore in new senators.

January 5, 2011 7:15 AM