Ohio Legislative Black Caucus (OLBC) President State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued the following statement in response to the United States Senate voting 66-34 to confirm now-former U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Warrensville Heights) as Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
“On behalf of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, we are so incredibly proud of Sec. Fudge and excited to see the great work she will do on behalf of Ohioans and Americans as a member of President Biden’s cabinet,” said President West. “There is no doubt that the challenges we face are great. Countless Ohioans are struggling to pay rent and utilities in order to stay in their homes; many have been evicted over the past year. Access to affordable housing has never been more important.
On top of that, we know that there are systemic racial inequities in access to affordable housing, that discriminatory housing practices are persistent in Ohio and the country, and that Black homeownership significantly lags white homeownership.
Thankfully, HUD is in very good hands with Sec. Fudge. As a former member of Congress and a mayor before that, she has the knowledge and the experience to lead her department capably and tackle these immense challenges. The OLBC looks forward to partnering with Sec. Fudge and her department for the betterment of the Ohioans we serve.”
Sec. Fudge served Ohio’s 11th congressional district from 2008 until her confirmation today. During that time, she chaired the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) from 2013-2015. Prior to her election to Congress, Sec. Fudge served as mayor of Warrensville Heights from 2000-2008, the first woman and first African-American to do so.