WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) was elected Wednesday by members of the Congressional Black Caucus to serve as Chair of the 43-member Caucus in the next term of Congress.
Fudge is now serving in her third term. She was elected in a special election in November 2008, re-elected in the general election that was held that same month and again in 2010.
Fudge got her law degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. Before Congress, Fudge was the
She released a statement Wednesday:
"I am humbled by the vote of confidence of my colleagues who have selected me to serve as the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 113th Congress. Leadership of the CBC will be shared among all officers elected and I will continue to work hard and serve with dedication, the people who sent me to Congress," said Congresswoman Fudge.
"As members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we call ourselves the "Conscience of the Congress" for a reason. We are a collective voice for millions of people around the country who need us to champion their issues and protect their future. We remain concerned about high rates of employment, particularly among African Americans for whom the jobless rate remains in double digits. We are all concerned about making equal access to quality healthcare a reality, reducing poverty and related issues, preserving and strengthening Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
We seek to balance the federal budget responsibly so all Americans can prosper. Our fundamental jobs don't change just because we are elected to a Caucus leadership." "As Chair, I look forward to leading this venerable Caucus, and to speak and act on behalf of its members who share a vision and commitment to move our nation forward."