Joe Biden Plucking Marcia Fudge From House Makes Nancy Pelosi's Slim Majority Even Smaller

President-elect Joe Biden's decision to nominate Congresswoman Marcia Fudge to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development will further reduce the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives when the new Congress meets early next year.

Fudge, who represents Ohio's 11th congressional district, is the second serving representative to find a position in the incoming Biden administration. Congressman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana's 2nd district has been appointed director of the Office of Public Engagement.

Special elections will be held to fill the seats but until then Speaker Nancy Pelosi's caucus will consist of 220 members. This is a slim majority of just five, while a minimum 218 votes are needed to pass legislation.

Fudge spoke to Politico's Playbook newsletter about her departure and what it might mean for the Democratic majority.

"It's tight," Fudge said. "Certainly I do think about it because I'm a part of this team, and I support this caucus.!

"Certainly I'm in a safe district," Fudge went on. "Whoever would come here would be a part of this team as well so that gives me some comfort.

"I just have to hope that we can hold together long enough to make sure that something like that would happen if I should leave. Because right now Cedric is gone and so we're down one, his seat will be a safe seat as well. So we're just hopeful that if this works out the way we would like it to—that it'll be OK."

Fudge won re-election with 80.1 percent of the vote this year, according to the New York Times. Richmond's district is also safe. He won re-election with 63.6 percent of the vote.

However, organizing special elections takes time and Republicans have already noticed the changing electoral math. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) quoted directly from the Politico report on Fudge in a tweet on Wednesday.

Pelosi's House majority will be the chamber's smallest since 2001 and her party's smallest since 1893, Politico reported. A reduced Democratic majority would be a concern for Biden as well as Pelosi.

Progressive Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently suggested they won't vote for further stimulus if it does not include checks to American families similar to those issued in April.

If divisions like these persist into January, it could become increasingly difficult to legislate.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on December 4, 2020 in Washington, DC. After months of inaction, there is growing momentum in Congress for a $908 billion coronavirus relief package. Pelosi will soon have a smaller majority to work with. Drew Angerer/Getty Images