Ohio leaders applaud confirmation of Rep. Marcia Fudge as housing secretary
The Senate confirmed Wednesday longtime Ohio lawmaker Marcia Fudge to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Fudge has represented parts of Cleveland and Akron since 2008 and is a former mayor and a longtime advocate for assistance for the needy. She will take over the Department of Housing and Urban Development just as Congress is poised to pass a new benefit for renters and homeowners who have suffered economic losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the confirmation, Ohio leaders praised the decision made by the Senate.
Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who voted to confirm Fudge, said he is pleased with the Senate's bipartisan vote for her to be the next HUD secretary.
"I had the pleasure of introducing Marcia at her Senate Banking Committee nomination hearing in January, where I shared my firsthand experience seeing her impressive work on housing issues affecting her constituents. Marcia tackled issues of poverty and lack of accessible and affordable housing with compassion and a willingness to work collaboratively throughout her career in public service. I believe she has the experience and the capability to navigate the federal bureaucracy and effectively address the housing issues facing the country, especially the ongoing eviction crisis as a result of COVID-19. I look forward to working with Marcia in her new role and am confident she will make Ohio proud," Portman said.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Fudge is the right choice to lead the agency.
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty said Fudge will be missing in Congress, but her command of issues impacting at-risk Americans will "undoubtedly have a life-altering impact on countless individuals and families."
"Congratulations to my good friends and colleague Marcia Fudge on her historic confirmation as the 18th Secretary of HUD," Beatty said. "Although she and her scholarly advice will be sorely missed in Congress, her command of the issues impacting our most vulnerable, at-risk Americans will undoubtedly have a life-altering impact on countless individuals and families. As CBC Chair, I look forward to working closely with Secretary Fudge in the weeks and months ahead to ensure everyone can build back better."
Columbus City Council President said the confirmation of Fudge is "good news on the housing front."
Fudge was confirmed with a 66-34 vote.