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United States Representative from California

Maxine Waters, United States Representative from California. Named one of 100 Most Influential Black Americans, Ebony magazine, 2006; named to Power 150, 2008. Founder Free South Africa Movement, Project Build; member California Peer Counseling Association, National Committee Economic Conversion and Disarmament; founder Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center; member board Center Study Sport in Society, Los Angeles Women's Foundation.


Waters, Maxine was born on August 15, 1938 in St. Louis. Daughter of Remus and Velma (Moore) Carr.


Bachelor in Sociology, California State University, Los Angeles. Doctor (honorary), Spelman College. Doctor (honorary), North Carolina Agricultural& Technology State University.

Doctor (honorary), Morgan State University.


Volunteer coordinator, teacher Head Start progressive. Member California Assembly from district 48, 1976—1991, United States Congress from 35th California district, since 1990, chief deputy whip, since 1990, member house committee finance services, chairman subcommittee housing and community opportunity, member subcommittee finance institutions and consumer credit, member subcommittee oversight and investigations, member subcommittee domestic and international monetary policy, trade, technical, member committee on judiciary, subcommittee crime, terrorism, homeland security, immigration, border security and claims. Delaware Minority Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Initiative, 1998.

Co-founder Black Women’s Forum. Member Congressional Children's Working Grp., National Development & Voting Rights Institute, Progressive Caucus, National Committee Economic Conversion & Disarmament, National Advisory Committee for Women, since 1978, Democratic National Committee, since 1980. Chair Congressional Black Caucus, 1997—1998.

Founding member, chair Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus, since 2005.


Member California Assembly from district 48, 1976-1991, Democratic caucus chair, 1984. Member 102nd-105th Congresses from District 35, California, 1991^. Member Banking, Finance, Urban Affairs committee, House subcommittee on banking, capitol subcommittee on banking, employment and training subcommittee on veterans, veterans affairs committee, banking and finance services committee, ranking house subcommittee on general oversight and investigations.

Member Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign committee. Member National Advisory Committee for Women, 1978^.


Married Sidney Williams, July 23, 1977. Children: Edward, Karen.

Remus Carr

Velma (Moore) Carr

Sidney Williams

Edward Waters

Karen Waters