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. The district includes most of downtown and eastern Cleveland and many of the eastern suburbs in Cuyahoga County, including Beachwood, Euclid, Cleveland Heights, and Shaker Heights.
Early life, education and career
Fudge, a 1971 graduate of Shaker Heights High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Ohio State University in 1975. In 1983, she earned a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, part of Cleveland State University.
Immediately after college, she worked as a law clerk and studied legal research.
She also worked in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office. 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.
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. She was victorious in her first ever run for elective office, becoming the first woman and first African-American elected mayor of the town.
She was chief of staff to 11th District Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones during Jones' first term in Congress. She has also served on the board of trustees for the Cleveland Public Library.
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. As expected, Fudge won the November 4 general election in a rout, defeating Republican Thomas Pekarek with 85 percent of the vote. 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. She was sworn in on November 19, 2008.
Fudge is a past president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, serving from 1996 to 2000, and is a co-chair of the sorority's National Social Action Commission. In 2003, she was a member of the Sha
ker Heights Alumni Association's Hall of Fame Class.
Fudge has been a member of the Church of God (Anderson), and is now a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church.
January 17th, 2012