A historic new City Council
On Monday, January 6, 2020, thirteen Councilors were sworn in by Mayor Walsh, including four newcomers – District Councilors Ricardo Arroyo, Kenzie Bok, Liz Breadon, the first openly gay woman to serve on the Council, and At-Large Councilor Julia Meijia, the first Afro-Latina to be elected to the Body. The Council is now made up of majority women and includes the most people of color in the City’s history.
Following the Inauguration held at Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall, the Council held their first Council meeting of the year, where Councilor Kim Janey stepped into the role of President. During her acceptance speech, President Janey said, “Representation matters and this Body is much more representative of the City that we all love and serve. As a daughter of Roxbury, I am especially proud to lead the Council.” She added, “As the new Council President leading the most diverse City Council in history into the new decade, I know that the challenges before us require bold action, creative solutions and strong leadership. I am so very proud of the work that this Council has done thus far and I know that we are just getting started.”