Pelosi hands the speaker's gavel to Boehner after Boehner was elected Speaker on the opening day of the 112th United States Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington

 
Pelosi hands the speaker
Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) hands the speaker's gavel to incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) after Boehner was elected Speaker on the opening day of the 112th United States Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 5, 2011. Republicans are taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives since winning a majority in the November U.S. Congressional mid-term elections. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)