Maxine Waters is the U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd District, and previously the 35th and 29th districts. She has been serving since 1990. Waters has become well-known lately for her distaste for President Donald Trump and his related shenanigans. She is also considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today.
Here are a few other facts amazing facts to know about California’s U.S. Representative Maxine Waters:
1. Waters was born on August 15, 1938 in Kinloch, Missouri, the daughter of Velma Lee Moore and Remus Carr. 2. Fifth out of thirteen children,
2. Raised by her single mother after her father left the family when she was two-years-old.
3. Graduated from Vashon High School in St. Louis, and moved with her family to Los Angeles, California, in 1961.
4. 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.
5. Enrolled at Los Angeles State College (now California State University, Los Angeles) and graduated with a sociology degree in 1970.
6. In 1973, Waters went to work as chief deputy to City Councilman David S. Cunningham, Jr.. Waters entered the California State Assembly in 1976.
7. 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 behavior 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).
8.When South-Central Los Angeles erupted in riots—in which 58 were killed—after the Rodney King verdict in 1992, Waters gained national attention “when she helped deliver relief supplies in Watts and demanded the resumption of vital services.
9. Has a career that spans decades, as she was voted into the House of Representatives in 1990 and has served under five presidents.
10. Member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
11. 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.
12. Founded Project Build in the 80s, working with young people in Los Angeles housing developments on job training and placement.
13. Married to Sidney Williams, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.