Rep. Marcia Fudge Chosen to Chair Black Caucus

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Representative Marcia L. Fudge was chosen to serve as Chair of the 43-member Congressional Black Caucus Wednesday.

Fudge represents Ohio’s 11th district.

The congresswoman released the following statement about her appointment:

“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.

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 unemployment, 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.”

Rep. Fudge has served the state of Ohio since 2008. She previously served as mayor of Warrensville Heights from 2000 to 2008.