Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to quality public education, health care and healthy foods. First elected in 2008, she represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio.
Congresswoman Fudge serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. She is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. She is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and several other Congressional Caucuses and is immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2014, Congresswoman Fudge became an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education.
Congresswoman Fudge consistently fights for equitable access to a quality education from preschool through post-secondary programs, child nutrition, food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients, access to locally grown, healthy foods, fair labor practices, and civil and human rights, among other issues. Additionally, she is a voice for voter protection and remains a steadfast advocate to strengthen and preserve Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Congresswoman Fudge has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where she led the city in shoring up a sagging retail base and providing new residential construction and instituted body cameras in all city police vehicles.
Congresswoman Fudge earned her bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University and law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law. She is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter.
Congresswoman Fudge’s work ethic, problem solving approach, and ability to build collaborative relationships has earned her a reputation among her colleagues in Washington and at home as an insightful leader and knowledgeable legislator. As a dedicated public servant, she begins each morning with a firm promise “to do the people’s work.” It is this simple philosophy that defines Congresswoman Fudge as a Member of substance and character who always keeps her promise.
- Increasing equitable access to a quality education for every child;
- Improving higher education opportunities;
- Reducing student loan debt;
- Ensuring accountability standards are maintained in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;
- Decreasing public education disparities, i.e., supporting closure of the achievement gap and promoting educational equity among all;
- Increasing minority and underserved student access to high quality STEM education during the traditional school day, afterschool and in summer programs; and
- Ensuring our nations’ Veterans return home from combat with the resources necessary for higher education and retraining.
- Ensuring equal access to the ballot box;
- Working to safeguard the rights of voters, especially populations that are traditionally targeted by voter suppression;
- Ensuring successful offender reentry, reducing recidivism, and enhancing public safety;
- Exploring legislation that comprehensively reviews our criminal justice system; and
- Promoting comprehensive, gun control policies nationwide.
- Fostering an environment that encourages job growth for the underemployed, unskilled, undereducated, chronically unemployed and longtime unemployed;
- Focusing on current job sustainability by supporting the national labor movement;
- Promoting infrastructure projects as a method to create jobs; and
- Promoting job training and career and technical education opportunities.
Health and Wellness
- Protecting Medicaid and Medicare;
- Addressing urban health workforce issues, including cultural competency, workforce diversity, and health disparities;
- Eradicating childhood obesity and infant mortality;
- Increasing access to healthy foods, especially in underserved communities; and
- Decreasing the rate of hunger, particularly among children and seniors.
- Promoting foreclosure mitigation and prevention;
- Promoting redevelopment and rebuilding in communities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis; and
- Revitalizing neighborhoods by demolishing and greening vacant properties to help increase property values.
- Protecting and preserving Social Security; and
- Stopping Social Security wage garnishment for student loan debt.