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Justices swear in governor, legislators

The 2015-16 session of the Wisconsin Legislature got underway Jan. 5 with swearing-in ceremonies at the Capitol. Gov. Scott Walker also started his second term of office that day.
Republicans control the Assembly 63-36 and the Senate 18-15. About one quarter of the Assembly, or 25 of its 99 members, are new to the office, having been elected on Nov. 4, 2014. In the Senate, seven members were elected Nov. 4, 2014, although six had previously served in the state Assembly.

On Dec. 10, 2014, the Supreme Court hosted an orientation session for new legislators in the Supreme Court Hearing Room. Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson discussed the roles of the Judiciary and the Legislature before taking new legislators on a tour of Supreme Court chambers and the Supreme Court Conference Room.

Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson administers the Oath of Office to Gov. Scott Walker during Inauguration ceremonies on Jan. 5 in the Capitol Rotunda. Former Gov. Tommy G. Thompson and Walker’s family look on. Photo credit: Jay Salvo, Legislative photographer Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler swears in members of the Wisconsin State Senate during ceremonies at the Capitol on Jan. 5. Photo credit: Greg Anderson, Legislative photographer
Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson administers the Oath of Office to Gov. Scott Walker during Inauguration ceremonies on Jan. 5 in the Capitol Rotunda. Former Gov. Tommy G. Thompson and Walker’s family look on. Photo credit: Jay Salvo, Legislative photographer Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler swears in members of the Wisconsin State Senate during ceremonies at the Capitol on Jan. 5. Photo credit: Greg Anderson, Legislative photographer
Justice David T. Prosser addresses members of the Wisconsin State Assembly during a swearing-in ceremony held Jan. 5. Photo credit: Jay Salvo, Legislative photographer  
Justice David T. Prosser addresses members of the Wisconsin State Assembly during a swearing-in ceremony held Jan. 5. Photo credit: Jay Salvo, Legislative photographer  

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