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Maxine Waters


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1976 Democratic AD-48 38133 Win
11-07-1978 Democratic AD-48 30449 Win
11-04-1980 Democratic AD-48 39660 Win
11-02-1982 Democratic AD-48 54209 Win
11-06-1984 Democratic AD-48 59507 Win
11-04-1986 Democratic AD-48 42706 Win
11-08-1988 Democratic AD-48 49946 Win
11-06-1990 Democratic CD-29 51350 Win
11-03-1992 Democratic CD-35 102941 Win
11-08-1994 Democratic CD-35 65688 Win
11-05-1996 Democratic CD-35 92762 Win
11-03-1998 Democratic CD-35 78732 Win
11-07-2000 Democratic CD-35 100569 Win
11-05-2002 Democratic CD-35 72401 Win
11-02-2004 Democratic CD-35 125949 Win
11-07-2006 Democratic CD-35 82498 Win
11-04-2008 Democratic CD-35 150778 Win
11-02-2010 Democratic CD-35 98131 Win
11-06-2012 Democratic CD-43 143123 Win
11-04-2014 Democratic CD-43 69681 Win
11-08-2016 Democratic CD-43 167017 Win
11-06-2018 Democratic CD-43 152272 Win
11-03-2020 Democratic CD-43 199210 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic CD-43 95462 Win
11-05-2024 Democratic CD-43 0

Candidate Biography:

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

  • LEGISLATION: Author of HR6 (1977) which changed the plural of members of the State Assembly from "Assemblymen" to "Assembly members" when the group includes women. Measure passed 72 to 5.
  • 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 (H.Res.331 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)