Marcia L. Fudge Congresswoman Ohio District 11
Biography of Marcia L. Fudge
Representative Marcia L. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, attacking predatory lending, aiding small businesses, and improving health care and education. These characteristics were honed while serving as Warrensville Heights’ first African American female Mayor. As the city’s top executive, Representative Fudge led Warrensville Heights in building 200 new homes and shoring up a sagging retail base. Former Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell described Representative Fudge to The Plain Dealer as “absolutely the hardest worker you have ever seen.”
Congresswoman Fudge is a strong advocate for policies that stimulate economic growth, support small business and encourage job creation. She sponsored the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2011, which would revitalize communities and put Americans to work, in addition to a bill that incentivizes matching workers’ skills with job openings, the Hire, Train, and Retain Act. She also hosted a job fair in Cleveland that helped hundreds of Ohioans gain employment.
With appointments on House Committees and Caucus seats, Representative Fudge put her strong work ethic to practice. On the Agriculture Committee, she continues her commitment to ending childhood obesity in a generation, stamping out hunger and monitoring the safety of our food supply. On the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Congresswoman Fudge focuses on our robust aerospace industry as well as strengthening STEM education. She has a demonstrated record of advocating for the protection of Medicare and Social Security. Congresswoman Fudge has been vocal in her opposition to laws limiting the rights of Americans to vote, especially laws that disproportionately impact seniors, minorities, the disabled and students.
Representative Fudge is past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Professionally, she earned a Business Administration degree from Ohio State University and a law degree from Cleveland State University. She served as the chief administrator for her beloved friend and then Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Stephanie Tubbs Jones. When Tubbs Jones was elected to Congress, Representative Fudge became her first Chief of Staff.
Congresswoman Fudge is now serving in her third term. She was elected in a special election in November 2008, re-elected in the general election that was held that same month and again in 2010. She is highly respected by her congressional colleagues for her insight, wisdom, and honesty. As a dedicated public servant, she begins each morning with a firm promise “to do the people’s work”. That simple philosophy defines this Congresswoman as a person of action who always keeps her word.
Biography from Marcia L. Fudge For Congress
On November 19, 2008, Representative Marcia L. Fudge took the oath of office for the 110th Congress completing the unexpired term of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and becoming the second African American female in the state of Ohio to hold the position. A native Ohioan, Marcia graduated from Shaker Heights High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, in 1975. She went on to receive a J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University in June 1983.
Included on her resume of professional positions are wide arrays of experiences in Ohio’s private sector: Law Clerk, Visiting Judgeship, Director-Personal Property Tax Department, Deputy County Auditor of the Estate Tax Department, Director of the Cuyahoga County Budget Commission, Director of Budget & Finance-Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, Chief of Staff for U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
Not only is Marcia a dedicated public servant but her many other attributes include: good listening skills, a keen sensitivity to others, the ability to recognize and accept good counsel, decisiveness, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor. Representative Fudge’s experience in law is diverse. She has enjoyed roles as a solo law practitioner, visiting referee and Acting Judge where she observed, thought, and acted in accordance with her best judgment. These experiences have been instrumental in Marcia’s success in civic endeavors.
Representative Fudge gathers strength from her church, Zion Chapel Baptist church. She has modeled her life after her mother, Marian Saffold, and practices the principles of the sorority she served as 21st National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.