First off, that oath.
The Democratic Farmer Labor Party wasted no time electing new leadership, taking control of both chambers. Some cheered.
Newly sworn-in representatives were eager to start their work.
Some faces were new, their first swearing-in ceremony a cause to invite the whole family.
Others, grizzled veterans simply excited to dive back into policy.
But politics attracts cynicism -- at least some cynicism -- like the State Fair attracts deep fryers.
And, of course, some skepticism as to why some parts of government procedure haven't changed in 300 years.