|U.S. Representative from California's 35th District|
From: January 3, 1991 - Present
Maxine Waters (b. August 15, 1938) is a Democratic United States Representative from California. She is an African-American woman who represents California's 43rd district in the 113th Congress, which includes South Central Los Angeles. Waters is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and the Chairwoman of its Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity. Also, Waters is on the Committee on the Judiciary overseeing Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, Immigration, and Border Security. She is the founding member and Chair of the "Out of Iraq" Congressional Caucus, a member of the Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Black Caucus. She is known for being an outspoken liberal and for espousing socialistic goals. She was a cosponsor of the House resolution to impeach then-Vice President Dick Cheney in 2007 for the War in Iraq.
Standing up for her constituents, she defended the people involved in the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Waters maintains that to label it a riot was to call people crazy. She understands their motives so she decided to call it a rebellion.
Blaming Big Oil
Rep. Waters is on record blaming oil executives for the high cost of gasoline: "Guess what this liberal will be all about, this liberal will be all about socializing... taking over and the government running all of your companies."[Citation Needed]
Rep. Maxine Waters used her influence to help a bank in which her husband owned stock. The House Ethics Committee launched an investigation of her and whether she benefited as a result. After nearly three years of investigation, Rep. Waters was cleared of the charges.
In 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011, the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Maxine Waters one of the 15 most corrupt members of Congress.
- Was it a 'riot,' a 'disturbance' or a 'rebellion'?, LATimes, April 29, 2007
- California Rep. Waters Is Under Investigation, NewsMax.com, October 29, 2009
- Maxine Waters cleared of House ethics charges, September 21, 2012