Photographer Allen Tian captured the first moments of the 2017 Colorado General Assembly, with a look at some of the lawmakers and their families who enjoyed today’s festivities.
Feature photo: Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice as she administers the oath of office.
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The family of Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat, watches as she takes the reins of the House.
A son of Rep. Chris Hansen, a Denver Democrat, keeps himself amused during Opening Day festivities.
New Speaker of the House Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat, at right, hugs her predecessor, Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst of Boulder.
Allan Kalish of Philadelphia watches as his daughter, Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet of Commerce City, is sworn in.
Rep. Janet Buckner, an Aurora Democrat, with one of her grandchildren.
Rep. Jim Wilson, a Republican from Salida, holds a grandchild.
House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, a Castle Rock Republican, with his family.
Rep. Chris Hansen’s children keep his seat warm. Hansen is a Democrat from Denver.
The African-American caucus of the House, left to right: Reps. Tony Exum, Dominique Jackson, Janet Buckner, Jovan Melton, Leslie Herod and James Coleman. All are Democrats from Denver or Aurora.
First Lady of Denver Mary Louise Lee sang the Star Spangled Banner to open the day’s festivities in the House.