• Maxine Waters is an American politician and member of the US House of Representatives for California's 43rd congressional district
• She was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Los Angeles for college in 1961
• She has been involved in politics since 1973 and was appointed to the California State Assembly in 1976
• She has been honored multiple times, including with honorary doctorates and the Bruce F. Vento award
• She has been married to Sidney Williams since 1977 and has two children from a previous marriage

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FactU.S. Representative from Los Angeles, California (1991- )

Who is Maxine Waters?

Maxine Waters is an American politician, an adherent of the Democratic Party, who is perhaps best known for being the member of the US House of Representatives for California’s 43rd congressional district. Since 2012, Maxine had represented California’s districts 29th as well as the 35th.

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Maxine Waters’ Bio: Early Childhood and Education

Maxine Moore Carr was born on the 15th August 1938, in St. Louis, Missouri USA, the fifth of 13 children of Velma Lee and Remus Carr. She was raised alongside her siblings by her single mother after their father abandoned the family at a very early age. Maxine is of American nationality, African-American ethnicity while her zodiac sign is Leo. After matriculating from Vashon High School in her home town, alongside her family, in 1961 Maxine relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she landed a job at a local garment factory. Later she became a telephone operator, before taking ajob as an assistant teacher with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start program. In the late 1960s, Maxine enrolled at Los Angeles College (currently referred to as California State University, Los Angeles) from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.

Maxine Waters’ Early Political Career

Maxine dived into the world of politics in 1973, when she began serving as a chief deputy of Los Angeles’ City Councilman David S. Cunningham Jr. In 1976, she was elected to the California State Assembly, where in the course of the next 14 years, she eventually climbed the ladder and was appointed to the Democratic Caucus Chair.

U.S. House of Representatives

After winning more than 79% of the votes at the US House of Representatives elections in 1990, Maxine Waters was appointed as California’s 29th Congressional district representative. In 1992 she was re-elected, this time for the 35th district, while since 2012 she has been the representative of the 43rd District.

To a greater prominence Waters came in 1994 when she disrupted Representative Peter King to the point where she was suspended from the House. As one of the national Democratic Party’s leaders, she served within the Democratic National Committee during 1996, throughout the presidency of Bill Clinton while between 1997 and 1998 she served as the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

In 2012, Waters joined the House of Financial Services Committee as a ranking member, while in 2014 she presented the draft of the Housing Opportunities Move the Economy Forward Act.

Maxine Waters’ Other Political Acts

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Apart from all those already mentioned above, in Maxine Waters’ professional portfolio there are also accolades such as founding the Community Build project, as well as co-founding the nonprofit organization – Black Women’s Forum – which currently gathers more than 1,200 women of African-American ethnicity in the Los Angeles’ area.

Through her 45-year-long career in politics, Maxine Waters has strongly advocated for justice and human rights, as well as for democracy, peace and economic development. In 2002 she was against the Iraq (War) Resolution, while in 2004 she strongly opposed the Haitian coup d’état. In 2008 she introduced the Stop VULTURE Funds Act, while in 2011 she vigorously criticized the Republican Party’s Tea Party movement. Besides all these, Waters has also criticized some aspects of George H. W. Bush’s political acts, as well as the political behavior of his successors – Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Maxine Water’s Accolades

For her political efforts and distinctive beliefs, as well as for her supportive acts towards members of the African-American community, Maxine Waters has been honored several times, such as being named as one of the leaders of the International Women’s Conference, the Candace Award in 1992, and the Black Award in 2005. She has also received honorary doctorates from several high education institutions including Spelman College and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She also received the Bruce F. Vento award, while the Preparation Center in Watts, California, is named after her.

Maxine Waters’ Salary & Net Worth

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this veteran American politician has accumulated so far? How rich Maxine Waters is? According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that the total of Maxine Waters’ net worth, as of mid-2018, revolves around the sum of $5 million – with an estimated annual of nearly $170,000 – primarily acquired through her professional career in the world of politics that has been active since the 1990s.

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Is Maxine Waters married? What is her marital status?

Curious about Maxine Waters’ love life? Well, she is a married woman – since 1977 Maxine has been married to Sidney Williams, a former professional American Football player, widely recognized not only for being a linebacker for the National Football League’s Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts, but also a former US Ambassador to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Prior to this marriage, between 1956 and 1972, Maxine was married to Edward Waters with whom she welcomed a son named Edward and a daughter named Karen.

Maxine Waters is quite active on Twitter social media network, where her official – @MaxineWaters account has been followed by more than 25,000 fans. Alongside her husband, she currently resides in Los Angeles, California.


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Let's Get Frank2003TV Movie documentary very special thanks
Heat Wave1990TV Movie the producers wish to thank


The O'Reilly Factor2016TV SeriesHerself
Jewel's Catch One2016DocumentaryHerself
Real Time with Bill Maher2008-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Unsung2009-2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Revolt Live2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank2014DocumentaryHerself
Vanishing Pearls: The Oystermen of Pointe a la Hache2014DocumentaryHerself
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013DocumentaryHerself
Jansing & Co.2013TV SeriesHerself
All in for the 99%2012ShortHerself
The Early Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Meet the Press2009-2011TV SeriesHerself - Representative, California / Herself
Fear of a Black Republican2011DocumentaryHerself
Democracy Now!2010TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2004-2009TV SeriesHerself
The Jay Leno Show2009TV SeriesHerself
Standing-n-Truth: Breaking the Silence2009DocumentaryHerself
Obama: The First 100 Days2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy2009DocumentaryHerself
16th Annual Trumpet Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority2008DocumentaryHerself
The BET Honors2008TV MovieHerself - Honoree
To the Contrary2007TV SeriesHerself
American Gangster2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2006TV SeriesHerself
All of Us2005TV SeriesHerself
Aristide and the Endless Revolution2005DocumentaryHerself
Letter to the President2005Video documentaryHerself - Congresswoman
The History Makers2005Video documentaryHerself
60 Minutes2005TV Series documentaryHerself - Representative, California (segment "An Expensive Lesson")
Intimate Portrait2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Let's Get Frank2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
2002 Trumpet Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
First Monday2002TV SeriesHerself
Essence Awards2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
All God's Children2001Video short documentaryHerself (as Congresswoman Maxine Waters)
Straight from the Streets2000Video documentaryHerself (as Congresswoman Maxine Waters)
Women's Day: The Making of a Bill1998Documentary short
Congressional Hearing on Census 2000 Racial Classifications1997TV MovieHerself - Member of Congress
Gangsta Rap: An MTV News Special Report1994TV Movie documentaryHerself - Representative, California
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Jewel and the Catch1993ShortHerself - Congresswoman
The 14th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The Making of 'Black Mayors'1986TV Special documentaryHerself
The 6th Annual Black Achievement Awards1985TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

Frontline2009-2013TV Series documentaryHerself - Representative, California / Herself - Financial Services Committee
Head Games2012DocumentaryHerself
Maxed Out2006DocumentaryHerself
Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price2005DocumentaryHerself - Democrat from California (as Rep. Maxine Waters)
60 Minutes2005TV Series documentaryHerself - Representative, California (segment "An Expensive Lesson")
Fahrenheit 9/11: A Movement in Time2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Fahrenheit 9/112004DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Tying the Knot2004DocumentaryHerself
Jasper, Texas2003TV MovieHerself (uncredited)
Twilight: Los Angeles2000Herself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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