Congresswoman Fudge to speak at commencement

April 10, 2014

WILBERFORCE — United States Representative Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) will be the keynote speaker for Central State’s commencement 10 a.m. May 10 at the Dayton Convention Center.

Fudge has been a strong supporter of Central State University and was one of the influential people from Ohio who contributed immensely to CSU receiving land-grant status when the Farm Bill passed the U.S. Congress earlier this year.

“It’s a great day for the Miami Valley when she takes to the podium,” said Dr. Gayle Colston Barge, CSU director of public relations. “(She) is one of the most visible leaders in the country and is respected on both sides of the aisle. I don’t think it gets much better than that.”

Fudge, the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is a committed public servant who brings a hard-working, problem-solving spirit to Congress and to the task of creating jobs, protecting safety net programs, and improving access to health care, healthy foods and education, according to a press release from the school.

She is a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, where she is the ranking member on the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition, and a member of the Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, and Bio-technology & Foreign Agriculture. She also serves on the Education and the Workforce Committee, and is a member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

Fudge has fought for protection of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (more commonly known as food stamps), child nutrition improvements, and access to locally grown, healthy foods. She also is a fierce advocate for access to a quality education, fair labor practices, and civil and human rights, among other issues. Fudge is committed to ending childhood obesity in a generation, stamping out hunger, strengthening the education system and promoting job creation. Additionally, she was an early and consistent voice for voter protection. She is a staunch advocate for those who need the most, but have few to speak on their behalf.

Beginning in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Fudge has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio. During her tenure as mayor, she led the city in shoring up a sagging retail base and providing new residential construction.

Fudge is a Past National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is also a member of the Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter. Fudge earned a bachelor’s degree in business from The Ohio State University and a law degree from the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.