Born: August 15, 1938 in St. Louis, Missouri
Married: Sidney Williams (m. ~1956)
Children: Karen* and Edward K.
1972: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1976: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1980: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1984: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
1984-1990: Majority Caucus Chair, California State Assembly
1988: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2000: Proponent, Proposition 36 [Drug treatment programs] (Passed; 60.9%)
2004-Present: Member, Progressive Democrats of America Advisory Board
2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
- Karen Waters was a Presidential Elector in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020.
- Since 2007, Waters' Chief of Staff has been her grandson, Mikael Moore.
- QUOTABLE: "This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the 'tea party' can go straight to hell."
- Censure: In April 2021, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy authored a resolution (= of 2021) to censure Waters for comments she made encouraging protesters to "get more confrontational" if police officer Derek Chauvin was not convicted for the death of George Floyd. On April 20th, the House voted to table the resolution with a vote of 216 to 210.
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1981), (1989)
Source: "L.A. congresswoman attacks tea party" by PolitiCal Blog (8/20/2011)
Source: "Working for Grandma Waters on Capitol Hill" by Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times (8/12/2010)