President-elect Joe Biden nominated Marcia Fudge, congresswoman representing the 11th district of Ohio, to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development. On February 4, 2021, the Senate Banking Committee voted to approve Fudge's nomination, which must be confirmed by the full Senate.
As secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Fudge will be a member of President Biden's cabinet. She will oversee the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which develops and implements national policy and programs involving housing needs. Among many things, HUD advises homeowners and potential homeowners, offers services to veterans and the homeless, and enforces fair lending and housing discrimination laws.
Fudge has served as a congresswoman since 2008. She serves on the Committee on House Administration, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Education and Labor. Additionally, Fudge is chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and also is chair of the Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations. She has previously been a chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Fudge, a Democrat, is generally viewed as a strong choice for secretary of HUD. Fudge lobbied then-President-elect Biden to nominate her to be the first Black female agriculture secretary based on her experience on the House Committee on Agriculture. As secretary of HUD, a roughly $50 billion department, Fudge must help manage a national housing crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early Career and Education
Prior to being elected to the U.S. Congress, Fudge was the first female and first African American mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and worked for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office.
Fudge holds a bachelors degree from Ohio State University and a law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.