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Marcia Fudge

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
Assumed office 
November 18, 2008
Preceded by Stephanie Tubbs Jones

In office
January 16, 2000 – November 18, 2008[1]
Preceded by William Pegues[2]
Succeeded by Clinton Hall

Born October 29, 1952 (1952-10-29) (age 57)[3]
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) single
Residence Warrensville Heights, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio State University
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Occupation Attorney
Religion Baptist

Marcia L. Fudge (born October 29, 1952(1952-10-29)) is the Democratic congresswoman for Ohio's 11th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.[4] The district includes most of downtown and eastern Cleveland and many of the eastern suburbs in Cuyahoga County, including Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights.

She is the former mayor of Warrensville Heights, a middle-class and mostly African-American suburb of Cleveland, serving from January 2000 until November 18, 2008.[5][1] She was victorious in her first ever run for elective office, becoming the first woman and first African-American elected mayor of the town.[6] She is a past president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, serving from 1996 to 2000,[7][8] and is a co-chair of the sorority's National Social Action Commission.[9][10]

Fudge is an attorney who previously worked in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office.[11] She was chief of staff to 11th District Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones during Jones' first term in Congress.[12] She has also served on the board of trustees for the Cleveland Public Library.[6] In 2003, Fudge was a member of the Shaker Heights Alumni Association's Hall of Fame Class.[13]

After Jones' unexpected death on August 20, Fudge was selected as Jones' 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.[14][15] As expected, Fudge won the November 4 general election in a rout, defeating Republican Thomas Pekarek with 85 percent of the vote.[16] 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.[17] [18] and was sworn in on November 19, 2008.[19][20]


Education and professional career

Earlier official photo of Fudge

Fudge, a 1971 graduate of Shaker Heights High School,[13] earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Ohio State University in 1975.[21] In 1983, she earned a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, part of Cleveland State University.[21][22]

Immediately after college, she worked as a law clerk and studied legal research. While serving in the prosecutors' office, she also worked on business aspects of as she held the position of Director of Budget and Finance. Fudge has also worked as an auditor for the estate tax department and has occasionally served as a visiting judge and as a chief referee for arbitration. [23]

Congressional career

Fudge is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. At the start of the 111th Congress, Fudge was named vice chairwoman of the Science Committee's Subcommittee on Research and Science Education.


Committee assignments

Personal life

Fudge has been a member of the Church of God (Anderson),[6][24] and is now a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church.[23]


  1. ^ a b Olivera Perkins (2008-11-19). "Marcia Fudge, with style of her own, takes congressional seat". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-11-19.  
  2. ^ Russell Walker (1999-12-09). "Marcia Fudge is Warrensville Mayor-elect". Call & Post. pp. A1.  
  3. ^ Seth Stern (2008-11-08). "111th House Freshmen: Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio (11)". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2008-11-13.  
  4. ^ "Fudge Elected To Late Tubbs-Jones' Congressional Seat". WEWS-TV. 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-04.  
  5. ^ "Warrensville Heights, Ohio Mayor's Inauguration". PR Newswire. 2000-01-11. Retrieved 2008-09-12.  
  6. ^ a b c "About the Mayor". City of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Archived from the original on 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2008-09-12.  
  7. ^ "Marcia Fudge elected national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.". Jet. 1996-09-16.  
  8. ^ "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Past National Presidents". Retrieved 2008-09-12.  
  9. ^ "Young women invited to meet 'Extraordinary' role models". Call & Post. 2007-10-03. p. 2B.  
  10. ^ "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Awards Melanie L. Campbell Social Action Award". 2008-08-15. Retrieved 2008-09-12.  
  11. ^ "Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Press Conference Regarding Congressional Race". PR Newswire. 1998-02-10.  
  12. ^ "Stephanie Tubbs Jones: A servant of the people". Call & Post. 2006-10-26. p. 1B.  
  13. ^ a b "The Shaker School Review" (pdf). Winter 2004. pp. 13–14.  
  14. ^ Greg Giroux (2008-09-11). "Ohio Dem Fudge Hits Sweet Spot With Nomination to Succeed Late Rep. Tubbs Jones". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2008-09-13.  
  15. ^ Census data for Ohio's 11th district
  16. ^ Ohio election results
  17. ^ Fudge unopposed in special House election. WKYC-TV, 2008-11-19
  18. ^ Ohio Elects a Member of Congress in an Election with Fewer Than 9,000 Votes Cast. Ballot Access News, 2008-11-21
  19. ^ Edward Epstein (2008-11-19). "Democrat Fudge Takes Oath as Newest House Member". CQ Politics. Retrieved 2008-11-19.  
  20. ^ "Congressional Chronicle". C-SPAN. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2008-11-19.  
  21. ^ a b Michelle McCafferty (2006-04-10). "Alumna Spotlight: Marcia L. Fudge, ESQ". The Cauldron. Retrieved 2008-09-12.  
  22. ^ "MAYOR MARCIA FUDGE, ESQ.". Call & Post. 2007-03-08. p. 6.  
  23. ^ a b "Biography". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-11-29.  
  24. ^ "Listing of Fudge's church in Church of God (Anderson) directory". Retrieved 2008-10-26.  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

2008 – present


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