2011 Minn. Legislature convenes

Politics Jeffrey Thompson Jeffrey Thompson , Nikki Tundel Nikki Tundel · ·

1 Senate officers take the oath during the opening day of the session in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
2 Senators take the oath of office during the first day of the 2011 legislative session in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
3 Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch gives a speech toward the end of the Senate's opening day of session in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
4 Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch encourages Sen. David Senjem, R-Rochester, as Sen. Geoff Michel, R-Edina, looks on during the first day of the session in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
5 New Senate President Michelle Fischbach was elected during the opening day of the session in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
6 Sen. Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, helps his 16-month-old grandson Benjamin Michael Bakk make an election during the opening day of the legislative session in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
7 Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, shows off his one-week-old granddaughter Genevieve Mickolichek to Senate President Michelle Fischbach, left, and Sen. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville, in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
8 Ella Micholichek, 21 months, plays on the desk of her grandfather, Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, as he holds his one-week-old granddaughter, Genevieve Mickolichek, in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
9 The opening day of the 2011 legislative session was well documented in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. 
10 Members of the Minnesota House are sworn in at the State Capitol on Jan. 4, 2011. 
11 Rep. Kurt Zellers is sworn in as Speaker of the Minnesota House at the State Capitol on January 4, 2011. 
12 Katie Wardlow, the niece of Rep. Doug Wardlow, peeks onto the House floor at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on January 4, 2011. 
13 Elijah (right) and Brody Kriesel, sons of Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, accompanied their dad on the first day of the legislative session at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul on January 4, 2011. 
14 Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, left, and Sen. Ellen Anderson, DFL-St. Paul, take the oath of office during the first day of the legislative session in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.