A 'Surprising Departure' From Biden's Cabinet

HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge is resigning
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 11, 2024 1:45 PM CDT
HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge Announces Resignation
Marcia Fudge testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services, Jan. 11, 2024.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge announced Monday that she would resign her post, effective March 22, saying she was leaving "with mixed emotions." A former mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and later an Ohio representative in Congress, Fudge, 71, served as HUD secretary since the start of President Biden's administration, the AP reports. "As a dedicated public servant for nearly five decades, I have been devoted to improving the quality of life for the people of this nation, focusing on those with the greatest need," Fudge said in a statement.

"Having worked at every level of government ... I have worked tirelessly to ensure that America lives up to its promise of liberty and justice for all." Fudge's statement did not indicate a reason she was resigning now, saying only that she planned to "transition to life as a private citizen." Politico calls the resignation a "surprising departure" from Biden's "otherwise stable" Cabinet. In a statement, Biden hailed Fudge's "transformational leadership" and "dedication to increasing the supply of affordable housing and protect the housing needs of some of the country's most vulnerable residents."

Fudge tells USA Today that she is going back to Ohio and retiring from politics. "It's time to go home," she says. "I do believe strongly that I have done just about everything I could do at HUD for this administration as we go into this crazy, silly season of an election." (More Marcia Fudge stories.)

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