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Maxine Moore Waters is known as an American politician. She is most famous for serving as the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district since 2013.


Background and Education

Maxine Waters was born on August 15, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the fifth of 13 children raised by a single parent. She started working at the age 13 in factories and segregated eateries. In the wake of moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment clothing factories and at a phone company.

She went to California State University at Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. She started her career in open administration as an instructor and a volunteer facilitator in the Head Start program.


Maxine was chosen in November 2018 to her fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives with an excess of 70 percent of the vote in the 43rd Congressional District of California. Congresswoman Waters connects to an expansive part of South Los Angeles including the regions of Westchester, Playa Del Rey, and Watts and the unincorporated regions of Los Angeles County involved Lennox, West Athens, West Carson, Harbor Gateway and El Camino Village. The 43rd District also incorporates the differing urban areas of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita and Torrance.

Congresswoman Waters left a mark on the world as the first female and first African American Chair of the House Financial Services Committee. A vital member of Congressional Democratic Leadership, Congresswoman Waters fills in as a member of the Policy Committee and is the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease. She is additionally a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and member and past seat of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Personal Life


Maxine Waters, whose original surname is Maxine Moore, was recently married to Edward Waters from 1956 to 1972. They were together for 16 years until they separated.

Maxine is now happily married to Sidney Williams, the former U.S. Minister to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. She is the mother of two great people, Edward and Karen from her previous marriage, and she has two grandchildren.

Maxine Waters and Sid Williams have been married since 1977. They met as she was making her ascent through legislative issues in the Los Angeles region. They both worked for former Los Angeles City Councilman David Cunningham during the 1970s. She was Cunningham's head of staff until she was chosen to the state Assembly. Williams supplanted Waters in that role. Williams was close by as she ascended from the state Assembly to the U.S. Place of Representatives.

Date modified: Aug 9, 2020
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