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Marcia L. Fudge (born ) is the Democratic congresswoman for in the United States House of Representatives. The district includes most of downtown and eastern Clevelandmarker and many of the eastern suburbs in Cuyahoga County, including Euclidmarker, Cleveland Heightsmarker, and Shaker Heightsmarker.

She is the former mayor of Warrensville Heightsmarker, a middle-class and mostly African-American suburb of Cleveland, serving 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 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.

Fudge is an attorney who previously worked in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office. 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 Librarymarker. In 2003, Fudge was a member of the Shaker Heights Alumni Association's Hall of Fame Class.

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. 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. and was sworn in on November 19, 2008.

Education and professional career

Earlier official photo of Fudge
Fudge, a 1971 graduate of Shaker Heights High Schoolmarker, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Ohio State Universitymarker in 1975. In 1983, she earned a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Lawmarker, part of Cleveland State Universitymarker.

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.

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 , and is now a member of Zion Chapel Baptist Church.

References

  1. Census data for Ohio's 11th district
  2. Ohio election results
  3. Fudge unopposed in special House election. WKYC-TV, 2008-11-19
  4. Ohio Elects a Member of Congress in an Election with Fewer Than 9,000 Votes Cast. Ballot Access News, 2008-11-21


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