Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) has been elected the next chair of Congressional Black Caucus and will assume those duties at the start of the 113th Congress in January.
Fudge, 60, who has served in the Congress since 2008 will head the 41-year-old body which works to formulate policy for the more than 40 black members of Congress. Fudge’s new role will also allow her to be a prominent public voice discussing issues of importance to African-Americans across the United States.
“Marcia Fudge is an exceptional leader,” said Chairman Emanuel Cleaver. “She has served her constituents and the state of Ohio with unmatched fervor and has been an outspoken Member of the CBC in supporting policies that protect the most vulnerable in our country. With the challenges facing our nation, the Congressional Black Caucus must continue pushing to ensure every American has equal opportunity to achieve their version of the American dream. Rep. Fudge will see to it that the Congressional Black Caucus remains the most vocal when equal opportunity and justice is under attack.”
Prior to be elected to the House of Representatives Fudge was the first African-American female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. She also served as chief of staff to the woman she succeeded in Congress the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.
Outside of elected office she worked in local government as Director-Personal Property Tax, Deputy County Auditor of the Estate Tax Department, Director of the Cuyahoga County Budget Commission, Director of Budget & Finance-Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office. As an attorney she worked as a solo law practitioner, as a visiting referee and as an acting judge.
When mayor of Warrensville her official biography included at the end a scripture, “You should defend those who cannot help themselves. You speak for the poor and needy and see that they get justice.” – Proverbs 31:8-9
In her statement Fudge made clear many of the issues she intends to keep at the forefront.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as the next Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and congratulate all other officers elected today,” said Chair-Elect Marcia Fudge. “As members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we have been deemed the “Conscience of the Congress” for a reason. We share a commitment to champion the issues of millions of Americans who yearn for a better future. We remain concerned about unemployment, particularly the high rate of unemployment among African Americans,” “The Caucus is a collective voice to promote equal access to quality health care and education, reduce poverty, strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and balance the federal budget in a fiscally responsible way. In the 113th Congress, I look forward to shared leadership among all of us who were elected today as we continue to advocate not only for the citizens we represent, but for all Americans.”