U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge Elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have elected U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D., Ohio), the CBC’s chair for the 113th Congress, which will be in session the next two years, starting in January, 2013. Fudge succeeds U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (D., Mo.).
Congressional Black Caucus members also elected U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D., N.C.) first vice chair; U.S. Rep. Yvette Clark (D., N.Y.) second vice chair; André Carson (D., Ind.) secretary, and U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D., Calif.) whip.
“I am honored and humbled to serve as the next chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and congratulate all other elected officers,” Fudge said. “As members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we have been deemed the conscience of Congress for a reason. We share a commitment to champion the issues of millions of Americans who yearn for a better future. We remain concerned about un-employment, particularly the high rate of unemployment among African Americans.”
The 60-year-old Fudge has represented Ohio’s 11th congressional district since 2008. Her district includes most of downtown and eastern Cleveland, and the eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County, including Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights.
Fudge, an attorney, is single and was born in Cleveland. From 2000 to just prior to her 2008 election to Congress, Fudge served as Mayor of Warrensville Heights, a middle-class and largely African-American suburb of Cleveland.