Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge Nominated As Secretary of HUD

Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge Nominated As Secretary of HUD

Let’s keep taking up space!

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Tuesday night. If elected she will be the first Black woman to lead HUD in more than 40 years, since Patricia R. Harris left the position in 1979.

Fudge began her career in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, making history as the first Black woman to be elected mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio where she served as mayor from 2000 to 2008. Since then, she has represented Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, serving on a number of committees including, the House Administration, Agriculture, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Education and Labor committees. 

“If I were to be named, certainly it’s an honor and a privilege to be asked to be in a President’s Cabinet. It is something that probably in my wildest dreams I never would have thought about. So if I can help this President in any way possible, I’m more than happy to do it. It’s a great honor and a privilege to be part of something so good,” Fudge told reporters Tuesday.

The Ohio native also chairs the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Elections and the Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations. Now, Biden selected her as his bid for secretary of HUD, adding another Black woman to the presidential Cabinet.

Biden hasn’t chosen many Democratic members of Congress as a result of the party’s narrow margin in the House and instability in the Senate but Fudge, an Ohio Democrat, is considered a safe seat and thus, an exception. Under Ohio state law, a vacancy in the US House of Representatives would spark a special election designated by the governor to fill the seat. 

The President-elect has pledged to choose a Cabinet that reflects America’s diversity, already boasting an extremely diverse transitioning team and recently meeting with NAACP leaders to consider creating the role of civil rights czar. Biden has already made history in a number of his nominations, chief of those being Kamala Harris as Vice President. 

Congratulations Rep. Marcia! 

Photo Courtesy of US House of Representatives