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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) issued this statement following U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge’s announcement that she will retire later this month.

“I would like to thank Marcia Fudge for her decades of service to the American people. She has been a tremendous leader, serving as the Secretary of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. I had the pleasure of welcoming her to Columbus in October 2022 to see how we are working to meet the challenges of providing affordable housing.

“Through her stewardship at the helm of HUD, she helped President Biden navigate our country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, saving over 100,000 Americans from facing homelessness. She has also helped many thousands more find and fairly access affordable and safe housing.

“I had the good fortune to work with Secretary Fudge prior to her joining the Biden Administration when she steadfastly represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. She also served as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and was a stalwart champion fighting hunger and supporting programs that ensure all Americans can afford healthy food.

“She is a close personal friend and has been a valued colleague. Though I celebrate the legacy of her work and wish her all the best in retirement, I know that her story is not complete and that public service will always be in her heart.”