On December 10, 2020 president elect
Joseph Biden announced that he was
nominating Ohio Representative Marcia Fudge
to serve as his Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development. Marcia Fudge is a
member of the House Agriculture
Committee and Committee on Education
and Labor. She is a former chair of he
Congressional Black Caucus. She has been
recently elected to her seventh term in
Congress, representing the Cleveland
area.” (from an ABC News post December
Representative Fudge is a well-known name in the
Cleveland area. It would be enriching to learn more about
her. Included here is an excerpt from a Wikipedia article
describing the Representative’s background and
achievements. I hope you will find this information valuable.
Marcia Louise Fudge (born October 29, 1952) is an
American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for
Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008. A member of
the Democratic Party, she won the 2008 special election
uncontested, succeeding Stephanie Tubbs Jones who died in
office. Fudge was chair of the Congressional Black Caucus in
the 113th Congress. President-elect Joe Biden has nominated
Fudge as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the
incoming Biden administration.
Fudge was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 29, 1952. A
1971 graduate of Shaker Heights High School, she earned her
Bachelor of Science in business from Ohio State University in
1983, she earned a Juris Doctor from Cleveland State
University Cleveland–Marshall College of Law.
Immediately after college, she worked as a law clerk and
conducted legal research. She also worked in the Cuyahoga
County prosecutor’s office as Director of Budget and Finance.
Fudge has also worked as an auditor for the county’s estate
tax department and has occasionally served as a visiting
judge and as a chief referee for arbitration.
Fudge was the mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio from
January 2000 until November 18, 2008. Her 1999 campaign
was her first run for any elected office. She was the town’s
first female and first African American to hold the mayorship.
Fudge served as chief of staff to U.S. Representative
Stephanie Tubbs Jones during Jones’s first term in Congress.
She has also served on the board of trustees for the
Cleveland Public Library.
After the death of Stephanie Tubbs Jones on August 20,
2008, Fudge was selected as her replacement on the
November ballot by a committee of local Democratic
leaders. This virtually assured her of election in this heavily
Democratic, Black-majority district. Fudge won the
November 4 general election, defeating Republican Thomas
Pekarek with 85 percent of the vote. She was unopposed in
a November 18 special election for the balance of Jones’
fifth term and won with less than 9,000 votes cast. She was
sworn in on November 19, 2008, giving her almost two
months’ more seniority than the rest of the 2008 House
Following the 2018 midterms, Fudge considered running
for Speaker of the House during the 2019 election. She later
abandoned the bid and supported Nancy Pelosi.
Following the 2020 United States presidential election,
Fudge and allies including Representative Jim Clyburn
argued that she should be appointed as Secretary of
Agriculture in the Biden administration. President-elect Joe
Biden eventually selected Tom Vilsack as his agriculture
secretary; he chose Fudge as Secretary of Housing and
During a presentation at the Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation’s 44th Annual Legislative Conference in
September 2014, Fudge said that the CBC would mobilize
African American voters in the 2014 midterm elections by
underscoring Republican attacks on President Obama, such
as claims that he was not born in the United States.
Fudge is a past president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority,
serving from 1996 to 2000, and is a co-chair of the sorority’s
National Social Action Commission. In 2003, she was a
member of the Shaker Heights Alumni Association’s Hall of
Fudge has been a member of the Glenville Church of God
and is now a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church.
In conclusion I hope you, as I did, have learned more
about Representative Fudge. As Clevelanders and as
women we can be proud of her as she has served to
represent Ohio and now goes on to serve the nation in
her new and important position.
for the Diversity Committee