Representative Fudge is past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Professionally, she earned a Business Administration degree from Ohio State University and a law degree from Cleveland State University. She served as the chief administrator for her "beloved friend" and then Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Stephanie Tubbs Jones. When Tubbs Jones was elected to Congress, Representative Fudge became her first Chief of Staff.
Congresswoman Fudge is now serving in her third term. She was elected in a special election in November 2008, re-elected in the general election that was held that same month and again in 2010. She voted for President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as a welcome “initial lifeline”. As a dedicated public servant, she begins each morning with a firm promise “to do the people’s work”. That simple philosophy defines this Congresswoman as a person of action who always keeps her word.
Ohio Conference on Fair Trade commendation
On June 5, 2008, the Ohio Conference on Fair Trade, led by president Simone Morgen, of Columbus Jobs with Justice, and Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio, commended Sen. Sherrod Brown and five members of Ohio's congressional delegation for co-sponsoring the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act, introduced by Sen. Brown and Rep. Mike Michaud the day before in Washington D.C.
Representatives Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Kucinich, Tim Ryan, Betty Sutton and Charlie Wilson were among over fifty original House and Senate co-sponsors joining labor, environmental, family farm and faith groups in support of new consensus legislation which offers a positive vision for future U.S. trade policy.
Said OCFT President Simone Morgen.. "We have the opportunity for a new beginning that can spread the benefits of fair trade to the widest possible number of people. This is change we can really believe in!"
Congressional Progressive Caucus
In early April 2009, Rep. Barbara Lee led a congressional delegation to Havana for a 4-1/2 hour meeting with Raul Castro, telling reporters, "All of us are convinced that President Castro would like normal relations and would see normalization, ending the embargo, as beneficial to both countries." Reuters reported that Lee's delegation "avoided specifics" with Castro "but were struck by his humor, impressed by his involvement in Third World causes and firm in their belief that he wants to end U.S.-Cuba enmity."
The meeting between Castro, Lee, and five other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, took place in secret without the customary presence of a US State Department official. No reporters attended, and according to the New York Times, Cuban television, which covered the visit, offered no details of what was said.
Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Melvin Luther Watt (D-CA), and Barbara Lee. "Also particpating were Patrice Willougby, executive assistant to the Congressional Black Caucus, and Eulada Watt, wife of Congressman Mel Watt,".
Bobby Rush said he found Raul Castro "to be just the opposite of how he's being portrayed in the media." AP quotes Rush as saying, "I think what really surprised me, but also endeared to him was his keen sense of humor, his sense of history and his basic human qualities." At times, Rush said, the lawmakers and Castro chatted "like old family members."
Lee says she wanted to influence President Barack Obama prior to the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Trinadad and Tobago.
Prior to the trip, Lee told her hometown Oakland Tribune newspaper that the US had to open up to Cuba, but did not demand that the Cuban government open up; she blasted US policy as "based on antiquated Cold War-era thinking." She could have used those words to describe her own views.
Fudge has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.
Black Caucus jobs campaign
In mid 2011, "demands to address the country's jobs crisis are accelerating with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) joining a growing number of groups calling for federal action". The CBC resolved to hosting a For the People Jobs Initiative in several urban areas stricken by high unemployment.
- Chicago, IL (first stop) – Congressman Danny K. Davis Host
- South Florida (Miami) – Congressman Frederica Wilson, Host
- Detroit, MI – Congressman John Conyers and Hansen Clarke, Host
- Cleveland, OH – Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Host
- Los Angeles, CA – Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Host
The following are past and present staff:
- Laura M. Allen
- Amber Cheree Allen
- Imran Awan
- Janice Bilchik
- Lloyd O. Jr. Brown (Skip)
- Ariella J. Brown
- Dedan Kimathi Bruner
- Stephen Caviness
- Beverly R. Charles
- Sharon Cole
- Mary C. Cronin
- Bernadette J. Daniels (Jerica)
- Daniel L. Fellenbaum
- Erin E. Finley
- Eulice Brandon Garrett (Brandon)
- Anita Gray
- John M. Jr. Hairston
- Eric Hammond
- LaDavia Hatcher-Drane
- Ticora E. Jones
- Lalla B. King Green
- Christine E. Kontra
- Andrea D. Martin
- Linda R. Matthews
- Casey L. Miller
- Dawn Kelly Mobley
- Thione Niang
- Kate Ostrander
- Latrice S. Powell
- Belinda M. Prinz
- Saulette Reed
- Angela Teresa Rye
- Irene B. Schwoeffermann
- Uzma Maheen Siddiqui(Maheen)
- Aketa Marie Simmons
- Scott W. Simpson
- Fiol Velez-Romero
- Aaron Sidney Wasserman
- Kyle Williams
- Clifton Ronald St Clair III Williams
- Jessica R. Williams Norton
- Jeanne Patrice Willoughby (Patrice)
- Stephanie L. Young
- ↑ Official Congressional bio, accessed August 16, 2011
- ↑ Official Congressional bio, accessed August 16, 2011
- ↑ [http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/20080605_LeadersLaunchTradeAct_OhioCFT2.pdf, Congressional Leaders Launch Bold New Trade Reform Act Ohio Conference on Fair Trade. June 5, 2008, Media Advisory]
- ↑ Congressional Progressive Caucus website: Caucus Member List
- ↑ http://jmw.typepad.com/political_warfare/2009/04/congresswoman-barbara-lee-still-stuck-in-the-cold-war.html] Congresswoman Barbara Lee: Still stuck in the Cold War, political Warfare, Michael Waller, accessed August 20, 2010
- ↑ CBC website, accessed July 6, 2011
- ↑ http://www.legistorm.com/member/324/Rep_Dennis_Kucinich_OH.html. Accessed 12/16/2011