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Passing the Gavel

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is kept company by her grandchildren as the vote is taken for the new Speaker of the House. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Pelosi holds her newest grandchild on the opening day of the 110th House of Representatives. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Members of the House clap as Pelosi is elected the first woman Speaker. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Several celebrities were in attendance, including Tony Bennett, left, Carol King, third from left, and Richard Gere, fourth from left, giving Nancy Pelosi a standing ovation. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Colleagues celebrate as Pelosi is elected Speaker. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Pelosi receives the Speaker’s gavel from Rep. John Boehner, Republican of Ohio. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Speakers past and present pose as Pelosi acknowledges the crowd while receiving the gavel from Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio). (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Pelosi is joined by children and grandchildren of House members as she celebrates the historic day. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
A view of the House on the opening day of the 110th U.S. Congress. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)