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Marcia Fudge
Marcia Fudge
Marcia Fudge 116th Congress photo.jpg
United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

PresidentJoe Biden (elect)
SucceedingBen Carson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district

November 18, 2008
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Mayor of Warrensville Heights

January 16, 2000 - November 18, 2008
Clinton Hall
William Pegues
Personal details
Marcia Louise Fudge

(1952-10-29) October 29, 1952 (age 68)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationOhio State University (BS)
Cleveland State University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

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.[1] Fudge was chair of the Congressional Black Caucus[2] in the 113th Congress. President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Fudge as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the incoming Biden administration.

Early life, education and career

Fudge was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 29, 1952.[3] A 1971 graduate of Shaker Heights High School,[4] she earned her Bachelor of Science in business from Ohio State University in 1975.[5] In 1983, she earned a Juris Doctor from Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.[6]

Immediately after college, she worked as a law clerk and studied legal research. She also worked in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office as Director of Budget and Finance.[7] 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.[8]

Early political career

Fudge was the mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, from January 2000 until November 18, 2008.[9][10] 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.[11]

Fudge served as chief of staff to U.S. Representative Stephanie Tubbs Jones during Jones's first term in Congress.[12] She has also served on the board of trustees for the Cleveland Public Library.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives


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.[13][14] Fudge won the November 4 general election, defeating Republican Thomas Pekarek with 85 percent of the vote.[15] 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 freshman class.[16][17]

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.[18]

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.[19][20] President-elect Joe Biden eventually selected Tom Vilsack as his agriculture secretary; he chose Fudge as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.[20][21]

Congressional Black Caucus

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.[22]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Biden administration

On December 10, 2020, President-elect Joe Biden announced his plan to nominate Fudge to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.[26]

Electoral history

Ohio's 11th congressional district[27]
Year Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2008 Special Marcia Fudge Democratic 8,597 100%
2008 General Marcia Fudge Democratic 212,485 85.2% Thomas Pekarek Republican 36,705 14.7% Craig Willis Independent 144 0.1%
2010 General Marcia Fudge Democratic 139,693 82.9% Thomas Pekarek Republican 28,754 17.1%
2012 General Marcia Fudge Democratic 258,378 100%
2014 General Marcia Fudge Democratic 132,396 79.2% Mark Zetzer Republican 34,769 20.8%
2016 General Marcia Fudge Democratic 233,285 80.1% Beverly Goldstein Republican 58,066 19.9%
2018 General Marcia Fudge Democratic 206,138 81.9% Beverly Goldstein Republican 48,866 14.9%

Personal life

Fudge is a past president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, serving from 1996 to 2000,[28][29] and is a co-chair of the sorority's National Social Action Commission.[30][31] In 2003, she was a member of the Shaker Heights Alumni Association's Hall of Fame Class.[4]

Fudge has been a member of the Glenville Church of God,[32] and is now a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church.[8]

In 2015, Fudge wrote a letter asking for leniency in the sentencing of Lance Mason.[33] Fudge described Mason as "kind," and wrote that "Lance [...] has assured me that something like this will never happen again."[33] Mason subsequently attacked and killed his ex-wife, in 2018, stabbing her 59 times.[34] After the attack, Fudge released a statement saying she condemned the crimes committed by Mason. She said her support for Mason in 2015 was based on the person she knew for almost 30 years, writing that "the person who committed these crimes is not the Lance Mason familiar to me."[35]

See also


  1. ^ "Fudge Elected To Late Tubbs-Jones' Congressional Seat". WEWS-TV. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2008.
  2. ^ "Membership". Congressional Black Caucus. Archived from the original on April 21, 2019. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "FUDGE, Marcia L. (1952-)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Archived from the original on November 24, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ a b "The Shaker School Review" (PDF). Winter 2004. pp. 13-14. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 24, 2009. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Office of Government Affairs. "Federal Alumni: Marcia Fudge". Alumni in Government. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University. Retrieved 2021.
  6. ^ "Mayor Marcia Fudge, Esq". Call and Post. March 8, 2007. p. 6. ProQuest 238465743.
  7. ^ "Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Press Conference Regarding Congressional Race". PR Newswire. February 10, 1998. ProQuest 453516985.
  8. ^ a b "Biography". United States House of Representatives. Archived from the original on November 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  9. ^ Perkins, Olivera (November 19, 2008). "Marcia Fudge, with style of her own, takes congressional seat". The Plain Dealer. Archived from the original on September 25, 2012. Retrieved 2008.
  10. ^ "Warrensville Heights, Ohio Mayor's Inauguration". PR Newswire. January 11, 2000. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. Retrieved 2008.
  11. ^ a b "About the Mayor". City of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Archived from the original on June 20, 2007. Retrieved 2008.
  12. ^ "Stephanie Tubbs Jones: A servant of the people". Call and Post. October 26, 2006. p. 1B. ProQuest 238462398.
  13. ^ Giroux, Greg (September 11, 2008). "Ohio Dem Fudge Hits Sweet Spot With Nomination to Succeed Late Rep. Tubbs Jones". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on September 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  14. ^ US Census Bureau. "Fast Facts for Congress". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "State Election Results - Election Center 2008 - Elections & Politics from". Archived from the original on September 9, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  16. ^ Epstein, Edward (November 19, 2008). "Democrat Fudge Takes Oath as Newest House Member". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  17. ^ "Congressional Chronicle". C-SPAN. November 19, 2008. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved 2008.
  18. ^ Davis, Julie Hirschfeld (November 21, 2018). "Pelosi's One Potential Rival Cuts Deal and Drops Speaker Challenge". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ Korecki, Natasha; Evich, Helena Bottemiller; Crampton, Liz (November 11, 2020). "'I've been very, very loyal': Marcia Fudge makes the case for Ag secretary". Politico. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ a b Axelrod, Tal (December 10, 2020). "Biden makes Fudge, Vilsack, Tai nominations official". The Hill. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ @Transition46 (December 10, 2020). "Working families, veterans, farmers and producers, and those fighting for their place in the middle class will have partners in government once again. This experienced group will help us make it through this pandemic and thrive once the crisis is over" (Tweet). Retrieved 2020 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (January 12, 2019). "Rep. Marcia Fudge says Congressional Black Caucus will mobilize voters by stressing GOP threats to President Obama". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Archived from the original on April 27, 2019. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Archived from the original on May 24, 2019. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ Bowden, Ebony (December 8, 2020). "Joe Biden chooses Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge to be HUD secretary". New York Post. Retrieved 2020.
  27. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  28. ^ "Marcia Fudge elected national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc". Jet. Johnson Publishing Company. September 16, 1996. p. 52.
  29. ^ "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Past National Presidents". Archived from the original on September 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  30. ^ "Young women invited to meet 'Extraordinary' role models". Call & Post. October 3, 2007. p. 2B. ProQuest 238510541.
  31. ^ "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Awards Melanie L. Campbell Social Action Award". August 15, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved 2008.
  32. ^ "About the Mayor". City of Warrensville. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  33. ^ a b Buffington, Randy (November 20, 2018). "Read Rep. Marcia Fudge's letter of support of Lance Mason before domestic violence conviction". Archived from the original on December 12, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  34. ^ Haag, Matthew (November 19, 2018). "Former Ohio Judge Who Beat His Wife Is Arrested in Her Stabbing Death". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  35. ^ Homan, Timothy R. (November 20, 2018). "Marcia Fudge once wrote letter of support for man now accused of murder". The Hill. Archived from the original on October 19, 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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