Marcia Fudge is the current secretary of Housing and Urban Development. She was nominated by then-President-elect Joe Biden in December 2020, and on Feb. 4, 2021, the Senate Banking Committee voted to approve Fudge's nomination. She was confirmed by the Senate on March 10, 2021, and was sworn into office that evening.
As secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Fudge is a member of President Biden's cabinet. She oversees 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 had served as a congresswoman since 2008. She served on the Committee on House Administration, the House Committee on Agriculture, and the House Committee on Education and Labor. Additionally, Fudge was the chair of the Committee on House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and was also chair of the Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations. She had 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 bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.