U.S. HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge Resigns Amid ‘Mixed Emotions’ And A Legacy of Accomplishments

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U.S. Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services hearing on Capitol Hill, Jan. 11, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Marcia Fudge, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has announced her resignation, effective March 22, with what she describes as “mixed emotions.”

Fudge conveyed the news through HUD’s official website, highlighting her achievements during her tenure, which began in 2021.

In a press release shared on March 11, Fudge emphasized her nearly five decades of dedicated public service, aiming to enhance the quality of life for Americans, particularly those facing the greatest needs.

She reflected on her journey through various levels of government, including her roles as a mayor, congressional staffer, and member of Congress, culminating in her leadership as HUD Secretary.

“Having worked at every level of government, including as a mayor, then as a congressional staffer, a member of Congress, and now as the 18th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, I have worked tirelessly to ensure that America lives up to its promise of liberty and justice for all,” her press statement said.

Fudge expressed her commitment to HUD’s mission of providing affordable, quality housing across the nation, citing achievements such as the creation of 2 million public and multifamily housing units and serving over 1.2 million unhoused individuals.

Additionally, she highlighted HUD’s enforcement of Fair Housing laws and increased accessibility to FHA mortgages for homeownership during her tenure.

The announcement of Fudge’s resignation comes as a surprise, contrary to earlier assurances from President Biden’s chief of staff that no Cabinet members would leave this year.

President Biden expressed gratitude for Fudge’s contributions toward a housing system that benefits all Americans and wished her well in her future endeavors.

Looking ahead, Fudge indicated to USA Today that she looks forward to embracing a more private lifestyle, ruling out future political endeavors.

Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman will assume the role of acting secretary, with President Biden expected to nominate a replacement for Fudge.

Fudge’s departure marks the end of a chapter in her longstanding career in public service, leaving behind a legacy of accomplishments within HUD and a commitment to improving the lives of Americans through accessible and equitable housing initiatives.

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