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Pelosi’s first responsibility as speaker? A marathon of 300 photo-ops

By Thomas McKinless

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Shortly after she was elected speaker and formally swore in the 116th Congress, Nancy Pelosi had a very important job: pose in a marathon of photo-ops with the newly christened members. The so-called mock swearing-in ceremony in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol saw Pelosi racing back and forth to take pictures with as many new members as possible.