Rep. Marcia Fudge Tapped To Lead HUD: First Black Woman Chosen Since 70s; Will Lead Housing Agency As Covid Threatens To Leave Millions Homeless

U.S. Rep Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is the likely next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to reports. Fudge was selected by President-elect Joe Biden, potentially making her the first Black woman to head the agency since the late Patricia R. Harris, who worked under President Jimmy Carter in the 1970s. Rep. Fudge is expected to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate.

Fudge reportedly wanted, instead, to be appointed Agriculture Secretary, but that nod went to former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who served in the position under former President Barack Obama.

Rep. Fudge, meanwhile, has served on the important House Agriculture Committee, and is an advocate for worker’s rights and education.

Rep. Fudge has also been previously floated as a potential challenger to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In an interview with POLITICO prior to her HUD selection, as she was eyeing the post at the Agriculture agency, Rep. Fudge said it was time for Black officials to get more high profile positions beyond HUD, which seems to be the department every President sticks a Black person at. “We’re going to have to stop looking at only certain agencies as those that people like me fit in,” Fudge said.

But Rep. Fudge, a longtime civil and human rights activist, will have a heavy workload in front of her after she is presumably confirmed. Millions of renters and homeowners are facing eviction and foreclosure in the coming year, as the Covid pandemic rages, and vaccines could be months away from helping get the nation back on track.

Democrats are hoping to develop a comprehensive housing plan that allows folks whose housing situation is precarious to stay in their homes, which President-elect Joe Biden has promised will be a priority for his incoming administration.

But Republicans in Congress could be a huge stumbling block for relief, led by Mitch McConnell, who hasn’t even agreed to a relief package that would send new stimulus payments to Americans in need.

During such a tumultuous time, HUD may become more critical for Americans than at any time in recent history. And Rep. Fudge will become the point person in charge of it.

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