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  Waters, Maxine
<-  2018-01-01  
NameMaxine Waters
Address1044 W. 82nd St
Los Angeles, California 90010, United States
Born August 15, 1938 (84 years)
ContributorBarack O-blame-a
Last ModifedRBH
Dec 28, 2021 12:37am
Tags Black - Married - Christian - Protestant - Straight -
InfoCongresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and poor people.

Elected in November 2000 to her sixth term in the House of Representatives with an overwhelming 87 percent of the votes in the 35th District of California, Congresswoman Maxine Waters represents a large part of South Central Los Angeles and the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne and Inglewood.

Formerly the Chair of the 39-member Congressional Black Caucus (1997-98), Rep. Waters has held the influential leadership position of Chief Deputy Whip of the Democratic Party since the 106th Congress.

She continues to be a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the ranking member of its Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. She also continues to serve on the Committee on the Judiciary.

Following the 2000 Presidential election fiasco in Florida and elsewhere, Rep. Waters was named by Minority Leader Richard Gephardt to chair the Democratic Caucus Special Committee on Election Reform which held hearings throughout the country to prepare for Congressional consideration of minimum federal standards for elections practices.

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Throughout her 25 years of public service, Maxine Waters has been on the cutting edge, tackling difficult and often controversial issues. She has combined her strong legislative and public policy acumen and high visibility in Democratic Party activities with an unusual ability to do grassroots organizing.

Following the Los Angeles civil unrest in 1992, Congresswoman Waters faced the nation's media and public to interpret the hopelessness and despair in cities across America. Over the years, she has brought many government officials and policy makers to her South Central L.A. district to appeal for more resources. They included President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Secretaries of Housing & Urban Development Henry Cisneros and Andrew Cuomo, and Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Federal Reserve System.

Maxine Waters also brought national spotlight to the allegations of CIA involvement in the Contra cocaine drug trafficking in South Central Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. She has called for redirecting the resources of the so-called "war on drugs" to prevention and treatment, and for repealing mandatory minimum sentencing laws for minor drug offenses.

Prior to her election to the House of Representatives in 1990, Congresswoman Waters had already attracted national attention for her no-nonsense, no-holds-barred style of politics. During 14 years in the California State Assembly, she rose to the powerful position of Democratic Caucus Chair. She was responsible for some of the boldest legislation California has ever seen: the largest divestment of state pension funds from South Africa; landmark affirmative action legislation; the nation's first statewide Child Abuse Prevention Training Program; the prohibition of police strip searches for nonviolent misdemeanors; and the introduction of the nation's first plant closure law.

As a national Democratic Party leader, Congresswoman Waters has long been highly visible in Democratic Party politics and has served on the Democratic National Committee since 1980. She was a key leader in five presidential campaigns: Sen. Edward Kennedy (1980), Rev. Jesse Jackson (1984 & 1988), and President Bill Clinton (1992 & 1996). In 2001, she was instrumental in the DNC's creation of the National Development and Voting Rights Institute and the appointment of Mayor Maynard Jackson as its chair.

She has used her skill to shape public policy and deliver the goods: $10 billion in Section 108 loan guarantees to cities for economic and infrastructure development, housing and small business expansion; $50 million appropriation for "Youth Fair Chance" program which established an intensive job and life skills training program for unskilled, unemployed youth; expanded U.S. debt relief for Africa and other developing nations; creating a "Center for Women Veterans," among others.

She is a co-founder of Black Women's Forum, a nonprofit organization of over 1,200 African American women in the Los Angeles area. In the mid-80s, she also founded Project Build, working with young people in Los Angeles housing developments on job training and placement. Following the 1992 civil unrest, she founded Community Build, the city's grassroots rebuilding project.

As an advocate for human rights, Congresswoman Waters was a leader in the movement to end Apartheid and assure one-person, one-vote democracy in South Africa. She founded the Los Angeles Free South Africa Movement and continues to be an advisor to TransAfrica. In 1994, she was on the official U.S. delegation to Nelson Mandela's inauguration as President of a free South Africa.

Rep. Waters was a key figure in Congressional efforts to restore to power Haiti's democratically-elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. She also was arrested in front of the White House urging justice for Haitian refugees and the restoration of democracy in Haiti.

Maxine Waters was a strong advocate of family reunification and the return of little Elian Gonzalez to his father in Cuba.

As she confronts the Republican-controlled Congress on issues such as poverty, economic development, equal justice under the law and other issues of concern to people of color, women, children, and poor people, Rep. Waters enjoys a broad cross section of support from diverse communities across the nation.

She is lauded by African American entrepreneurs for her work to expand contracting and procurement opportunities and to strengthen businesses. Long active in the women's movement, Rep. Waters has given encouragement and financial support to women seeking public office. Many young people, including those in the hip-hop music community, praise her for her support and understanding of young people and their efforts at self-expression. One testament to her work is the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center, a multimillion dollar campus providing education and employment opportunities to residents of the Watts area.

Rep. Waters is a key figure in a broad coalition of community residents, environmental activists, elected officials and cities opposing expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Maxine Waters was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth of 13 children reared by a single mother. She began working at age 13 in factories and segregated restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment factories and at the telephone company. She attended California State University at Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She began her career in public service as a teacher and a volunteer coordinator in the Head Start program.

She is married to Sidney Williams, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. She is the mother of two adult children, Edward and Karen, and has two grandchildren


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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 19, 2021 06:05pm News Judge in Derek Chauvin trial says Rep. Maxine Waters' comments may be grounds for appeal  Article IndyGeorgia 
Jul 19, 2018 09:00pm Event Oath Keepers break their promise, bail on planned far-right protest at Maxine Waters' office  Article RP 
Jun 25, 2018 05:30pm News Rep. Waters calls for harassing admin officials in public, Trump calls her 'low IQ'  Article IndyGeorgia 
Sep 21, 2012 09:20am Investigation House Ethics Committee will not charge Rep. Maxine Waters with any violations  Article RP 
Nov 28, 2011 04:55pm General Maxine Waters in line to take over from Frank on Financial Services  Article COSDem 
Jul 30, 2010 10:00pm News Rep. Waters chooses trial rather than accept ethics charges  Article The Sunset Provision 

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Husband Sidney Williams Jul 23, 1977-
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