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Marcia Fudge
Marcia fudge.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th district
Assumed office
November 18, 2008
Preceded byStephanie Tubbs Jones
Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio
In office
January 16, 2000 – November 18, 2008[1]
Preceded byWilliam Pegues[2]
Succeeded byClinton Hall
Personal details
BornOctober 29, 1952 (age 62)[3]
Cleveland, Ohio
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceWarrensville Heights, Ohio
Alma materOhio State University
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Marcia L. Fudge (born October 29, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 11th congressional district, serving since 2008. She is a member of the Democratic Party.[4] The district includes most of the black-majority areas between Cleveland and Akron. Fudge was Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus in the 113th Congress.

Early life, education and career

Earlier official photo of Fudge
Fudge, a 1971 graduate of Shaker Heights High School,[5] earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Ohio State University in 1975.[6] In 1983, she earned a law degree from Cleveland–Marshall College of Law, part of Cleveland State University.[6][7]
Immediately after college, she worked as a law clerk and studied legal research. She also worked in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office.[8] While serving in the prosecutors' office, she worked on business aspects 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. [9]

Early political career

Fudge was the mayor of Warrensville Heights, a middle-class and mostly African-American suburb of Cleveland, from January 2000 until November 18, 2008.[1][10] Her 1999 campaign was her first run for any elected office. She was the town's first female and first African-American mayor.[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.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee assignments

Caucus Memberships

Political campaigns


After Jones' unexpected death on August 20, 2008, 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.[13][14] Fudge won the November 4 general election, defeatingRepublican 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.[16] [17] She was sworn in on November 19, 2008.[18][19]


Fudge was challenged by Republican Thomas Pekarek. She was re-elected with 82.5% of the vote.[20]


Fudge defeated a couple of minor candidates in the Democratic primary, and ran unopposed in the general election.

2014 midterm election comments

During a presentation at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 44th Annual Legislative Conference in September 2014 Rep. Fudge commented on the need for black voters to get out and "vote". Rep. Fudge said, "If we don't vote, believe it or not they are going to file articles of impeachment against our President. If we don't vote, the street in front of your house is not going to get fixed. If we don't vote, we're going to have hungry children across this country".[21]
She also predicted GOP members of Congress would "try to make our president an illegitimate president" with claims that he isn't born in the United States, wasn't smart enough to go to Harvard, and ignores the laws. [22]
"We will have two more years of that foolishness if they take back the Senate and get a few more seats in the House," said Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat, who predicted voters "will be standing in the line waiting for the doors to open" at the polls when they hear what members of her group have to say. [22]
Rep. Fudge, during the Congressional Black Caucus town hall meeting chastised voters for complaining and reminded them the Congressional Black Caucus was fighting for them. Rep. Fudge commented; "The black caucus fights for you every day. Even when you won’t fight for yourself. We fight for you. Whether it’s immigration or education, whether it’s food stamps or housing, we fight for you every day. So my message to you is to contain your complaining." [23]

Electoral history

Ohio's 11th congressional district[24]
2008SpecialMarcia FudgeDemocratic8,597100%
2008GeneralMarcia FudgeDemocratic212,48585.2%Thomas PekarekRepublican36,70514.7%Craig WillisIndependent1440.1%
2010GeneralMarcia FudgeDemocratic139,69382.9%Thomas PekarekRepublican28,75417.1%
2012GeneralMarcia FudgeDemocratic258,378100%
2014GeneralMarcia FudgeDemocratic132,39679.2%Mark ZetzerRepublican34,76920.8%

Personal life

Fudge is a past president of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, serving from 1996 to 2000,[25][26] and is a co-chair of the sorority's National Social Action Commission.[27][28] In 2003, she was a member of the Shaker Heights Alumni Association's Hall of Fame Class.[5]
Fudge has been a member of the Church of God (Anderson),[11][29] and is now a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church.[9]