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    Speaker of the House Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, speaks to lawmakers Wednesday on the first day of the 131st Legislature.

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    Representatives take the oath of office administered by Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday, the first day of the 131st Legislature at the Maine State House in Augusta.

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    Rep. William Bridgeo, D-Augusta, and other members recite their oaths of office Wednesday on the first day of the 131st Legislature at the Maine State House in Augusta. Several members had their children sitting with them for the swearing in ceremony.

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    Rep. Mana Abdi, D-Lewiston, and other members recite their oaths of office Wednesday at the Maine State House in Augusta during the first day of the 131st Legislature. Several members had their children sitting with them for the swearing in ceremony.

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    Rep. Maureen Terry, D-Gorham, the new House Majority leader, recites the pledge of allegiance Wednesday on the first day of the 131st Legislature at the Maine State House in Augusta.

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    Representatives-elect Edward Crockett, D-Portland, left and Deqa Dhalac, D-South Portland, chat Wednesday before being sworn in on the first day of the 131st Legislature at the Maine State House in Augusta.

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    Representatives-elect Mana Abdi, D-Lewiston, left, and Dan Ankeles, D-Brunswick, chat Wednesday before the first session of the 131st Legislature started at the Maine State House in Augusta. Several lawmakers had their children — including Ankeles, whose son Sam was on hand — sitting with them for the swearing in ceremony.

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    Rep. Travis Hasenfus, D-Readfield, plays with his son Grafton Hasenfus on the first day of the 131st Legislature Wednesday at the Maine State House in Augusta.

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    Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham, R-Winter Harbor, is chosen as House minority leader Wednesday at the Maine State House in Augusta on the first day of the 131st Legislature.

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    Former state Rep. Gerald Talbot cheers Wednesday at the Maine State House in Augusta as his daughter, Speaker of the House Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, is elected to the leadership post on the first day of the 131st Legislature.

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    After being elected Speaker of the House, Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, acknowledges the applause from members and spectators Wednesday on the first day of the 131st Legislature.

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    People on the third floor walk under the dome Wednesday on the first day of the 131st Legislature at the Maine State House in Augusta.

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