Marcia Fudge

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Senate Confirms Rep. Marcia Fudge as HUD Secretary

March 10, 2021

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge was confirmed Wednesday as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development in a bipartisan Senate vote of 66–34.

A former mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Fudge is known as a champion of affordable housing, urban revitalization, and infrastructure investment, among other initiatives that focus on the safety and sustainability of American communities.

Fudge has represented Cleveland and parts of Akron, Ohio, in the House of Representatives since 2008. She is the first black woman to lead HUD in more than 40 years, since President Jimmy Carter appointed the late Patricia Roberts Harris in 1977.

The National Association of REALTORS® applauded the news of Fudge’s bipartisan confirmation and acknowledged that her experience as mayor serves her well as she steps up to lead the nation’s largest housing agency. “As a former mayor, Secretary Fudge recognizes the critical role HUD programs play in preserving the American dream and ensuring everyone in this country has access to a safe, affordable home,” says NAR President Charlie Oppler. “NAR looks forward to partnering with Secretary Fudge as we continue our work to address racial disparities in real estate and our nation’s persistent housing affordability crisis.”

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer acknowledged that Fudge “has a difficult job ahead of her,” as millions of American renters are behind on payments and millions of homeowners are in forbearance. “At the same time, we are on the verge of passing major assistance for renters and for homeowners,” Schumer said just before House passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. “I know Rep. Fudge will implement that assistance with alacrity.”

Source: 
WKYC.com, Associated Press, NAR