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MAXINE MOORE WATERS (born August 15, 1938) is an American politician, serving as the U.S. Representative for California\'s 43rd congressional district , and previously the 35th and 29th districts, serving since 1991. A member of the Democratic Party , she is the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the United States Congress , and is a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus . Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California
Assembly , to which she was first elected in 1976. As an Assembly member, Waters advocated for divestment from South Africa
South Africa
's apartheid regime. In Congress, she is an outspoken opponent of the Iraq War
Iraq War
and Donald Trump
Donald Trump


* 1 Early life and education * 2 Early political career

* 3 U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives

* 3.1 Elections * 3.2 Tenure * 3.3 Rodney King verdict and Los Angeles riots * 3.4 Castro and Cuba * 3.5 Government spending * 3.6 Haiti * 3.7 CIA * 3.8 Iraq War
Iraq War
* 3.9 International lending * 3.10 Mandatory minimum sentences * 3.11 Criticism of the Tea Party Movement * 3.12 Criticism of George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
* 3.13 Criticism of Barack Obama
Barack Obama
* 3.14 Criticism of Donald Trump
Donald Trump
* 3.15 Allegations of corruption * 3.16 Committee assignments * 3.17 Caucus memberships

* 4 Personal life

* 4.1 Other achievements

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links


Waters was born in 1938 in Kinloch, Missouri , the daughter of Velma Lee (née Moore) and Remus Carr. Fifth out of thirteen children, Waters was raised by her single mother once her father left the family when Maxine was two. She graduated from Vashon High School
Vashon High School
in St. Louis, and moved with her family to Los Angeles, California, in 1961. She worked in a garment factory and as a telephone operator before being hired as an assistant teacher with the Head Start program at Watts in 1966. She later enrolled at Los Angeles State College (now California
State University, Los Angeles ) and graduated with a sociology degree in 1970.


In 1973, she went to work as chief deputy to City Councilman David S. Cunningham, Jr. . Waters entered the California
State Assembly in 1976. While in the assembly she worked for the divestment of state pension funds from any businesses active in South Africa
South Africa
, a country then operating under the policy of apartheid , and helped pass legislation within the guidelines of the divestment campaign 's Sullivan Principles . She ascended to the position of Democratic Caucus Chair for the Assembly.



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Upon the retirement of Augustus F. Hawkins in 1990, Waters was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. House of Representatives
for California\'s 29th congressional district with over 79% of the popular vote. She has been re-elected consistently with at least 70% of the popular vote in the California\'s 35th congressional district after significant parts of the pre-1990 29th California
Congressional District were folded into the newly defined 35th California
Congressional District when California
gained seven additional seats in the House following the 1990 United States Census
1990 United States Census
. Waters has represented large parts of south-central Los Angeles and the Los Angeles coastal communities of Westchester and Playa Del Rey , as well as the cities of Torrance , Gardena , Hawthorne , Inglewood and Lawndale .


On July 29, 1994, Waters came to public attention when she repeatedly interrupted a speech by Peter King (R-NY). The presiding officer, Carrie Meek (D-FL), classed her behaviour as "unruly and turbulent", and threatened to have the Sergeant at Arms present her with the Mace of the House of Representatives (the equivalent of a formal warning to desist). As of 2017, this is the most recent instance of the mace being employed in a disciplinary sense. Waters was eventually suspended from the house for the rest of the day. The conflict with King stemmed from the previous day, when they had both been present at a House Banking Committee hearing on the Whitewater controversy . Waters felt King's questioning of Maggie Williams ( Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
's chief of staff) was too harsh, and they subsequently exchanged hostile words.

Waters was chair of the Congressional Black Caucus
Congressional Black Caucus
from 1997 to 1998. During 2005, Waters testified at the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce hearings on "Enforcement of Federal Anti-Fraud Laws in For-Profit Education", highlighting the American College of Medical Technology as a "problem school" in her district. In 2006 she was involved in the debate over King Drew Medical Center . She criticized media coverage of the hospital and in 2006 Waters asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a waiver of the cross ownership ban , and hence license renewal for KTLA-TV , a station the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
owned. She said that "The Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
has had an inordinate effect on public opinion and has used it to harm the local community in specific instances." She requested that the FCC force the paper to either sell its station or risk losing that station's broadcast rights. According to Broadcasting "> "We’ve got to put Americans to work," she said. "That's the only way to revitalize this economy. When people work they earn money, they spend that money, and that's what gets the economy up and going."


Waters opposed the 2004 coup d\'état in Haiti and criticized U.S. involvement. Following the coup, Waters led a delegation along with TransAfrica Forum founder Randall Robinson and Jamaican member of parliament Sharon Hay-Webster to meet with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and bring him to Jamaica, where he would remain until May.


Following a 1996 San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
article alleging the complicity of the Central Intelligence Agency
Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) in the Los Angeles crack epidemic of the 1980s, Waters called for an investigation. Waters questioned whether "U.S.-government paid or organized operatives smuggled, transported and sold it to American citizens." The United States Department of Justice
United States Department of Justice
(DOJ) announced it had failed to find any evidence to support the original story. The Los Angeles Times also concluded after its own extensive investigation that the allegations were not supported by evidence. The author of the original story, Gary Webb , was eventually transferred to a different beat and removed from investigative reporting, before his death in 2004. Webb was found in his apartment with two bullet holes in his head. His death was declared a suicide. Following these post-publication investigations, Waters read into the Congressional Record a memorandum of understanding in which former President Ronald Reagan 's CIA director rejected any duty by the CIA to report illegal narcotics trafficking to the Department of Justice. Undeterred, Waters told the Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
in 1997: "It doesn't matter whether the CIA delivered the kilo of cocaine themselves or turned their back on it to let somebody else do it. They're guilty just the same."


Waters voted against the Iraq War
Iraq War
Resolution , the 2002 resolution that funded and granted Congressional approval to possible military action against the regime of Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
. She has remained a consistent critic of the subsequent war and has supported an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq. Waters asserted in 2007 that President George W. Bush was trying to "set up" by continually requesting funds for an "occupation" that is "draining" the country of capital, soldier's lives, and other resources. In particular, she argued that the very economic resources being "wasted" in Iraq were those that might provide universal health care or fully fund President Bush's own " No Child Left Behind " education bill. Additionally, Waters, representing a congressional district whose median income falls far below the national average, argued that patriotism alone had not been the sole driving force for those U.S. service personnel serving in Iraq. Rather, "many of them needed jobs, they needed resources, they needed money, so they're there." In a subsequent floor speech, Waters told her colleagues that Congress, lacking the votes to override the "inevitable Bush veto on any Iraq-related legislation," needed to "better the administration's false rhetoric about the Iraq war" and "educate our constituents the connection between the problems in Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran
with the problems we have created in Iraq." A few months prior to these speeches Waters became a cosponsor of the House resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney
for making allegedly "false statements" about the war.


In August 2008, Waters introduced HR 6796, or the "Stop Very Unscrupulous Loan Transfers from Underprivileged countries from Rich Exploitive Funds Act," also known as the Stop VULTURE Funds Act. This would limit the ability of investors in sovereign debt to use U.S. courts to enforce those instruments against a defaulting country. The bill died in committee.


Waters opposes mandatory minimum sentences .


Waters has been very critical of the Tea Party movement . On August 20, 2011, while at a town hall discussing some of the displeasure that supporters of President Obama have had with the Congressional Black Caucus not supporting the president, Waters stated, "This is a tough game. You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to Hell ... and I intend to help them get there."


In July 1992, Waters labeled President George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
"a racist" who has "polarized the races in this country." Previously, Waters had suggested that Bush has used race to advance his policies.


In August 2011, Waters criticized President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
, saying that he was insufficiently supportive of the black community. Waters referred to the high unemployment rate for African-Americans (which was hovering around 15.9 percent at the time). At a Congressional Black Caucus town-hall meeting on jobs in Detroit, Waters said that African American
African American
members of Congress were reluctant to criticize or place public pressure on Obama because "y'all love the president."


In a 2017 appearance on MSNBC
's All In with Chris Hayes , Waters said President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
's advisors who have ties to Russia or have oil and gas interests there are "a bunch of scumbags." In February 2017, Waters said that Trump was "leading himself" to possible impeachment because of his conflicts and because many have suspicions, and that he was creating "chaos and division".

Waters supports the impeachment of Trump , referring to him as a "disgusting, poor excuse of a man" and "the most deplorable person I've ever met in my life."

Waters texted an allegation on Twitter
regarding the Trump White House , "Trump has made it clear - it is now the White Supremacists ' House", linking President Trump to the violence that erupted at a white nationalist protest rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
on August 12, 2017.


According to Chuck Neubauer and Ted Rohrlich writing in the Los Angeles Times in 2004, Maxine Waters' relatives had made more than $1 million during the preceding eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters had helped. They claimed she and her husband helped a company get government bond business, and her daughter Karen Waters and son Edward Waters have profited from her connections. Waters replied that "They do their business and I do mine." Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Waters to its list of corrupt members of Congress in its 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 reports. She was accused of using her position to prevail upon officials to meet with OneUnited Bank without disclosing that she and her husband had significant stock holdings in the company. Since she was on the Financial Services Committee she largely had the role of determining where TARP funds would go. $12 Million in TARP funds went to OneUnited without her ever disclosing that she had a financial stake at the company. Citizens Against Government Waste named her the June 2009 Porker of the Month due to her intention to obtain an earmark for the Maxine Waters
Maxine Waters
Employment Preparation Center.



* Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises * Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity * Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

Previously, she had served on the Committee on the Judiciary .


* Chief Deputy Whip * Founding member and Chair of the Out of Iraq Caucus * Member of Congressional Progressive Caucus * Member of Congressional Black Caucus
Congressional Black Caucus
(CBC); past chair of CBC (105th United States Congress
United States Congress


Waters resides in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, which is approximately six miles west of downtown . Her second husband, Sid Williams , played professional football in the NFL and is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas under the Clinton Administration.


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Maxine Waters
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Maxine Waters
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Janet Reno
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