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Photos: Legislators sworn in on first day of 2013 session

Politics

1 Senate Majority Leader Thomas Bakk, DFL-Cook, approaches the front of the Senate chamber as his name is called to represent his district on the first day of the legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at the State Capitol in St. Paul. 
2 House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, shares a high-five with Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, before the opening of the 2013 legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
3 Sen. Sandra Pappas, DFL-St. Paul, was elected Senate president on the first day of the legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at the State Capitol in St. Paul. 
4 Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Wilhelmina M. Wright swears in Rep. Paul Thissen as Speaker of the House during the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
5 Speaker of the House Paul Thissen addresses House members during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
6 House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt smiles during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
7 Rep. David Dill, DFL-Crane Lake, and other members of the House are sworn in during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
8 An opening day script waits on a podium during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
9 Rep. Kelby Woodard's son, Kevin, examines the House chamber as his mother Donna looks on during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
10 Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, left, talks with former House Speaker Rep. Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
11 Rep. Mary Sawatzky, DFL-Willmar, listens during the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. 
12 A group advocating for the rights of those who receive welfare rally outside the Senate chamber on the first day of the legislative session Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at the State Capitol in St. Paul. 
13 Doug Benson of Robbinsdale, Minn., holds a sign outside the Minnesota House at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., as the 2013 Legislative session opened Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. The lawmakers are expected to take up legislation regarding same-sex marriage this session.