Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) was elected Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus [CBC] today by its 43 members. She will assume the position when the next term of Congress begins in January.

Fudge, a former mayor of Warrensville Heights, was first elected to Congress in 2008 in a special election after the death of Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who had held the seat since 1999. Fudge then won the  regular 2008 election and has been reelected twice since then.

"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," Fudge said in a statement released by her office this afternoon. 
"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," Fudge said.

Ohio will have two African American members of its Congressional delegation for the first time when the new Congress is sworn in in January. Joyce Beatty of Columbus was elected last week to represent Ohio's Third Congressional District.

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