On November 19, 2008, Representative Marcia L. Fudge took the oath of office for the 110th Congress completing the unexpired term of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and becoming the second African American female in the state of Ohio to hold the position. A native Ohioan, Marcia graduated from Shaker Heights High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, in 1975. She went on to receive a J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University in June 1983.
Included on her resume of professional positions are wide arrays of experiences in Ohio’s private sector: Law Clerk, Visiting Judgeship, Director-Personal Property Tax Department, Deputy County Auditor of the Estate Tax Department, Director of the Cuyahoga County Budget Commission, Director of Budget & Finance-Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office, Chief of Staff for U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio.
Not only is Marcia a dedicated public servant but her many other attributes include: good listening skills, a keen sensitivity to others, the ability to recognize and accept good counsel, decisiveness, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor. Representative Fudge’s experience in law is diverse. She has enjoyed roles as a solo law practitioner, visiting referee and Acting Judge where she observed, thought, and acted in accordance with her best judgment. These experiences have been instrumental in Marcia’s success in civic endeavors.
Representative Fudge gathers strength from her church, Zion Chapel Baptist church. She has modeled her life after her mother, Marian Saffold, and practices the principles of the sorority she served as 21st National President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.