The Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives is now one member smaller.
According to The Hill, U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) resigned from her seat in the House on Wednesday to take up a role in the Biden administration.
Fudge was confirmed by the Senate to the role of secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a 66–34 vote on Wednesday, just hours before she stepped down, as NBC News reported.
Her confirmation makes Fudge the second Black woman to ever lead the department, and she’s the first woman to hold the role in over four decades, according to Fox News.
Fudge announced her resignation in a letter to her colleagues and supporters Wednesday.
“It has been my honor and privilege to serve the people of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio since November 2008,” Fudge wrote, according to The Hill.
“My appreciation for their support as I sought to represent their interests and those of many Americans for whom I could be a voice is boundless,” she added. “I will always remember my colleagues and friends who have become a part of my family in the last 12 years.”
As reports noted, Fudge’s last act as a congresswoman was to vote in favor of Democrats’ $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, a deal that was pushed through the House on Wednesday without the support of a single Republican member.
Fudge was first elected to the House in 2008 after serving as mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, according to The Hill. She also served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
“A disgrace to this nation”
While her nomination to HUD received bipartisan support in the Senate, Fudge wasn’t confirmed without controversy. As NBC News reported, Fudge faced pushback from Republicans like Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who excoriated the congresswoman for once calling the Senate GOP “a disgrace to this nation.”
She also reportedly said Republicans “have no decency, they have no honor, they have no integrity” — statements she didn’t apologize for during her Senate hearings, as NBC noted.
According to Fox, Fudge was preceded in her new role by acting HUD Secretary Matt Ammon. Prior to that, Dr. Ben Carson led HUD under President Donald Trump.