Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of the city clerk’s name.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence City Council swore in its 15 members Monday for a four-year term, seven of whom are new to the council.

The councilors, all Democrats, officially elected Councilor Rachel Miller, D-Ward 13, to be council president. (A majority of the councilors had pledged to vote for Miller after the election last year.)

Miller replaces John Igliozzi at the helm of the city’s legislative body, after Igliozzi had to leave due to term limits. She is the first open member of the LGBTQ community to be the president of the council.

“As a queer woman, that is an honor I do not take lightly,” Miller said in remarks following her swearing-in.

Miller praised the diversity of the council, which is majority women for the second time in its history. For the first time, a majority of the council members are people of color.

“We are the youngest council in many years — although I did not check IDs at the door — if not ever,” Miller said.

The significant change in the makeup of the council was due in part to term limits kicking in for the first time, leaving more vacant seats than usual during the last election. (All 8 incumbents who ran for re-election won their races.)

“This council will put equity at the forefront,” Miller said. She has listed affordable housing as one of her top priorities.

Miller noted the new council includes immigrants from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Peru.

The council also elected one of its new members, Juan Pichardo as the council president pro-tempore.

The Democratic caucus had voted previously on several other leadership positions that didn’t require a vote on the council floor, including James Taylor as majority leader, Mary Kay Harris as deputy majority leader, John Goncalves as senior deputy majority leader and Miguel Sanchez as majority whip.

The council also voted Monday to re-appoint Tina Mastroianni as city clerk. Miller named Sean Bouchard as chief of staff, a promotion from his former policy role on the council under Igliozzi.

The council will hold a meeting this Thursday, and meets every other Thursday at 6 p.m.

Here’s the full list of council members for the new term:

  • Ward 1 – John Goncalves
  • Ward 2 – Helen Anthony
  • Ward 3 – Susan Anderbois
  • Ward 4 – Justin Roias
  • Ward 5 – Jo-Ann Ryan
  • Ward 6 – Miguel Sanchez
  • Ward 7 – Ana Vargas
  • Ward 8 – James Taylor
  • Ward 9 – Juan Pichardo
  • Ward 10 – Pedro Espinal
  • Ward 11 – Mary Kay Harris
  • Ward 12 – Althea Graves
  • Ward 13 – Rachel Miller
  • Ward 14 – Shelley Peterson
  • Ward 15 – Oscar Vargas