Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has been elected by the influential Congressional Black Caucus to lead its 113th Congress.
Rep. Fudge, who was selected on Nov. 14, will hold the post for two years, setting the political agenda for more than 40 black U.S. House of Representatives members. She will also serve as a national spokeswoman on issues affecting Black Americans.
Fudge, a 1971 graduate of Shaker Heights High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Ohio State University in 1975. In 1983, she earned a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law, part of Cleveland State University.
Immediately after college, she worked as a law clerk and studied legal research. She also worked in the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office. While serving in the prosecutors’ office, she worked on business aspects as she held the position of Director of Budget and Finance. Fudge has also worked as an auditor for the estate tax department and has occasionally served as a visiting judge and as a chief referee for arbitration. 
Fudge was the Mayor of Warrensville Heights, a middle-class and mostly African-American suburb of Cleveland, from January 2000 until November 18, 2008. She was victorious in her first ever run for elective office, becoming the first woman and first African-American elected mayor of the town.
She was chief of staff to 11th District Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones during Jones’ first term in Congress. She has also served on the board of trustees for the Cleveland Public Library.