Marcia Fudge

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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 by Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio
In office
January 16, 2000 – November 18, 2008[1]
Preceded by William Pegues[2]
Succeeded by Clinton Hall
Personal details
Born (1952-10-29) October 29, 1952 (age 61)[3]
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) single
Residence Warrensville Heights, Ohio
Alma mater Ohio State University
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Profession Attorney
Religion Baptist

Marcia L. Fudge (born (1952-10-29)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 an area from Cleveland to Akron. Rep. Fudge has been Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus since 2013.

Early life, education and career[edit]

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[edit]

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] She was victorious in her first ever run for elective office, becoming the first woman and first African-American elected mayor of the town.[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[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus Memberships[edit]

Political campaigns[edit]


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, defeating Republican 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.

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[21]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
2008 U.S. House of Representatives General Marcia Fudge Democratic 212,667 85.22% Thomas Pekarek Republican 36,708 14.71% Craig Willis Independent 144 0.06% Eric Johnson Independent 23 0.01%
2008 U.S. House of Representatives Special General Marcia Fudge Democratic 8,597 100%
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Marcia Fudge Democratic 139,693 82.93% Thomas Pekarek Republican 28,754 17.07%
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Marcia Fudge Democratic 258,378 100%

Personal life[edit]

Fudge is a past president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, serving from 1996 to 2000,[22][23] and is a co-chair of the sorority's National Social Action Commission.[24][25] 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][26] and is now a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church.[9]


  1. ^ a b Olivera Perkins (November 19, 2008). "Marcia Fudge, with style of her own, takes congressional seat". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved November 19, 2008. 
  2. ^ Russell Walker (December 9, 1999). "Marcia Fudge is Warrensville Mayor-elect". Call & Post. pp. A1. 
  3. ^ Seth Stern (November 8, 2008). "111th House Freshmen: Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio (11)". CQ Politics. Retrieved November 13, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Fudge Elected To Late Tubbs-Jones' Congressional Seat". WEWS-TV. November 4, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "The Shaker School Review" (pdf). Winter 2004. pp. 13–14. Archived from the original on March 24, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Michelle McCafferty (April 10, 2006). "Alumna Spotlight: Marcia L. Fudge, ESQ". The Cauldron. Retrieved September 12, 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Mayor Marcia Fudge, Esq.". Call & Post. March 8, 2007. p. 6. 
  8. ^ "Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Press Conference Regarding Congressional Race". PR Newswire. February 10, 1998. 
  9. ^ a b "Biography". United States House of Representatives. Retrieved November 29, 2008. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Warrensville Heights, Ohio Mayor's Inauguration". PR Newswire. January 11, 2000. Retrieved September 12, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b c "About the Mayor". City of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Archived from the original on June 2, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Stephanie Tubbs Jones: A servant of the people". Call & Post. October 26, 2006. p. 1B. 
  13. ^ Greg Giroux (September 11, 2008). "Ohio Dem Fudge Hits Sweet Spot With Nomination to Succeed Late Rep. Tubbs Jones". CQ Politics. Retrieved September 13, 2008. 
  14. ^ Census data for Ohio's 11th district
  15. ^ Ohio election results
  16. ^ Fudge unopposed in special House election. WKYC-TV, November 19, 2008
  17. ^ Ohio Elects a Member of Congress in an Election with Fewer Than 9,000 Votes Cast. Ballot Access News, November 21, 2008
  18. ^ Edward Epstein (November 19, 2008). "Democrat Fudge Takes Oath as Newest House Member". CQ Politics. Retrieved November 19, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Congressional Chronicle". C-SPAN. November 19, 2008. Retrieved November 19, 2008. 
  20. ^ "The States: Ohio". 
  21. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  22. ^ "Marcia Fudge elected national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.". Jet. September 16, 1996. 
  23. ^ "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Past National Presidents". Retrieved September 12, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Young women invited to meet 'Extraordinary' role models". Call & Post. October 3, 2007. p. 2B. 
  25. ^ "Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Awards Melanie L. Campbell Social Action Award". August 15, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Listing of Fudge's church in Church of God (Anderson) directory". Retrieved October 26, 2008. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William Pegues
Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio
January 16, 2000 – November 18, 2008
Succeeded by
Clinton Hall
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 11th congressional district

November 18, 2008 – present
Preceded by
Emanuel Cleaver
Chairperson of Congressional Black Caucus
2013 – Present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Donna Edwards
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Rick Nolan