|51st Mayor of Sacramento|
|Preceded by||R. Burnett Miller|
|Succeeded by||Joe Serna, Jr.|
|Born||January 27, 1924|
|Profession||Registered Nurse, Activist, Politician|
Anne Rudin (born January 27, 1924) was the 51st Mayor of Sacramento from her election in 1983 until she stepped down after declining to seek a third term in 1992. Rudin was the first woman to be directly elected as mayor by Sacramento voters.
Anne Rudin grew up in a working-class Italian American family in Philadelphia during the Great Depression. Rudin started her career as a registered nurse. She was also very active in the local and state League of Women Voters. Rudin was first elected to the Sacramento City Council in 1971. She played a significant role in the whirlwind of change and growth that transformed Sacramento from a quiet government and agricultural town into a bustling, large city. She cast the lone vote against a controversial plan to develop North Natomas.
Rudin traveled to distant countries to speak of things not directly related to Sacramento but related to politics such as promoting world peace. She also used the influence of her office to fight for nuclear disarmament, gay rights, local anti-smoking laws, bans on assault weapons, and limits to campaign contributions.
During her time in office, she also pushed for the creation of the regional light-rail system.
On August 12, 2005, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs awarded Rudin's Foreign Minister's Commendation, which was accompanied by an engraved silver cup, for her efforts in promoting bilateral relations between Japan and United States during her term as mayor.
- "Former Mayor of Sacramento, Mrs. Anne Rudin, Receives Foreign Minister's Commendation". Consulate-GeneralSan Francisco , Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. sf.us.emb-japan.go.jp. August 12, 2005. Retrieved June 19, 2010.
- Anne Rudin Scholarship – League of Women Voters of Sacramento County
R. Burnett Miller
|Mayor of Sacramento, California