Fudge, charged with maintaining order as part of her duties as convention chairman, had to deal with some after-effects of that controversy on Monday night when Sanders’ supporters kept shouting “Bernie” and interrupting her and other speakers.
“I know there are many of you in this room who don’t know me,” Fudge said, addressing the rowdy delegates. “I intend to be fair. I want to hear the varying opinions here. I’m going to be respectful of you, and I want you to be respectful of me.”
For at least a few moments, the delegates calmed down.
Fudge’s political history is remarkable in its own right. She currently serves as the U.S. Representative for Ohio’s 11th congressional district, which is a position she has held since 2008. Prior to that, she was not only the first woman but also the first African-American to be elected mayor of a Warrensville Heights, Ohio ― a town known as the “Friendly City.” She held that position for eight years prior to her election to congress. In 2012, Fudge was unanimously elected as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and has relentlessly fought for equal rights for all Americans.