On this day in 1952, Democrat Marcia Fudge was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1975, Fudge earned her BS in business administration from Ohio State University. After graduating, she immediately began working as a law clerk. Fudge later decided to go on to continue her education, earning a JD from Cleveland State University in 1983.
She then worked as an attorney in Cuyahoga County, working in the prosecutor’s office and also directing the Budget and Finance department. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, she served as an auditor as well as a visiting judge.
In November of 2008, Fudge began representing the 11th Congressional District of Ohio and then was elected as the mayor of Warrensville Heights, making her the first female African American mayor of the middle-class black suburb. She held this position for eight years. Fudge won the election by a landslide, receiving 85 percent of the vote.
Since being elected to Congress, Fudge has been named vice chairperson of the Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. She has also served on several Congressional Committees, most notably the Committee on Education and Labor, the Committee of Science and Technology, and the Subcommittee on Higher Education.