President Joe Biden continues filling his Cabinet with diverse nominees, including the first woman to serve as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in more than four decades.
Long-serving U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) announced this week that she will be stepping down from her congressional seat in order to accept the new position, The Hill reported.
“It has been my honor”
Her resignation came on Wednesday, a short time after she cast a vote in favor of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed in the House of Representatives this week.
Fudge had already been confirmed by the Senate to serve as HUD secretary by a vote of 66–34.
In a letter confirming her departure from Congress, Fudge wrote: “It has been my honor to serve the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio since November 2008.”
She went on to express “boundless” appreciation for the support of her constituents as she “sought to represent their interests an those of many Americans for whom [she] could be a voice.”
Though she sailed through the confirmation process in the Senate, Fudge’s controversial record came to light in December after Biden announced the nomination. In 2015, for example, she asked for leniency on behalf of Lance Mason, an Ohio state lawmaker convicted of assaulting his wife, Aisha Fraser, in front of their children.
“I pray for Aisha’s family”
After serving nine months behind bars upon conviction, Mason went on to kill Fraser. Fudge released a statement in 2018 that addressed the tragic situation.
“My heart breaks for Aisha Fraser,” she said at the time. “I pray for Aisha’s family, especially her children, as they attempt to deal with this tragedy. My support of Lance in 2015 was based on the person I knew for almost 30 years — an accomplished lawyer, prosecutor, state legislator and judge.”
She went on to “condemn” the “horrific crimes” committed by Mason, but her argument for leniency years earlier lived on as a black mark on her career in public office.
Nevertheless, the former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus is focused on the positive points of her years on Capitol Hill as she prepares for her next role in Biden’s Cabinet.
“I will always remember my colleagues and friends who have become a part of my family in the last 12 years,” she said, according to The Hill.