|U.S. Representative from California's 43rd District|
From: January 3, 2013 - Present
|U.S. Representative from California's 35th District|
From: January 3, 1993 - January 3, 2013
|Successor||Gloria Negrete McLeod|
|U.S. Representative from California's 29th District|
From: January 3, 1991 - January 3, 1993
Maxine Waters (born 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.
Russian dupeFormer NSA analyst John Schindler noted:
"in the 1990s, she was a vociferous critic of U.S. spy agencies, the CIA especially, blaming it for countless ills in America’s inner cities. Black America was ripe for Muscovite manipulation, and Kremlin spies concocted disinformation to stoke racial resentments. The KGB’s notorious mid-1980s Active Measure, which claimed that the Pentagon created the AIDS virus, a total fabrication, nevertheless put down deep roots in certain quarters. Rep. Waters aided and abetted this ugly Russian lie, which lingered for years after the Cold War ended....Waters repeatedly hammered our spy agencies with unsubstantiated allegations that the CIA was really America’s biggest drug dealer....Bill Clinton’s Justice Department after painstaking investigation discovered that “CIA deals crack” was a complete fabrication being pushed by left-wing opponents of our Intelligence Community (the Kremlin has kept pushing this fraud for decades). This did not deter Rep. Waters, who continued to denounce American spies as criminals without any evidence."
Waters justified 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.
Socializing oil production
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."
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