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 health care, healthy foods and quality education. She represents the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio and is Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Congresswoman Fudge is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, where she is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition, and a member of the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology & Foreign Agriculture. She also serves on the Education and the Workforce Committee, and is a member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The Congresswoman consistently fights for protection of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or more commonly known as food stamps) program, child nutrition improvements, and access to locally grown, healthy foods. She is a fierce advocate for access to a quality education, fair labor practices, and civil and human rights, among other issues. Congresswoman Fudge continues her commitment to ending childhood obesity in a generation, stamping out hunger, strengthening our education system and promoting job creation. Additionally, she was an early and consistent voice for voter protection.
Congresswoman Fudge has served the people of Ohio for over 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.
Congresswoman Fudge is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter. 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.
The Congresswoman’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.
Legislative Priorities and Achievements:
- 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 (i.e., trade agreements and bargaining rights); and
- Promoting infrastructure projects as a method to create jobs.
Protecting Voting Rights:
- Working to safeguard the rights of voters, especially populations that are traditionally targeted by voter suppression; and
- Ensuring equal access to the ballot box.
Health and nutrition:
- Protecting Medicaid and Medicare from budgetary cuts and unfair characterizations;
- Supporting updates and improvements to the Sustainable Growth Rate;
- Addressing urban health workforce issues, including cultural competency, workforce diversity, and health disparities;
- Establishing the Health Workforce Caucus;
- Exploring legislation on commissioning CDC study to measure impact of employee wellness programs;
- Exploring legislation related to incentivizing insurance companies & employers to offer employee wellness programs;
- Eradicating childhood obesity;
- Increasing access to healthy foods, especially in underserved communities;
- Decreasing the rate of hunger, especially among children and seniors; and
- Bringing locally grown, fresh food to cities.
- Promoting the right of every child to a quality primary and secondary education;
- Improving higher education opportunities;
- 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.
Protecting Social Security:
- Working to preserve Social Security, fighting attempts by some of her colleagues to drastically decrease services for beneficiaries.
- Tracking and addressing present day challenges, by promoting, for example, foreclosure mitigation and prevention; and
- Promoting redevelopment and rebuilding in communities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis.
- Ensuring successful offender reentry, reducing recidivism, and enhancing public safety;
- Exploring legislation on a national gun buyback program; and
- Exploring legislation that comprehensively reviews our nation’s criminal justice system.