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Five Really Fascinating Things You May Not Know about Rep. Maxine Waters

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Maxine Waters is one of the most notable, powerful black female politicians in America. For over 37 years, she has served in the public service sector and has been very outspoken on many memorable causes in American history.  Born on August 15, 1938 in Kinloch, Missouri, Mrs. Waters is a member of the Democratic Party and currently serves as a U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd congressional district.  Here are 5 interesting facts about Maxine Waters that may surprise you:

She’s an around the way girl– Maxine Waters is the fifth of thirteen children.  Her parents moved her family to Los Angeles, California in 1961 where she held a bevy of regular jobs such as, garment factory worker, telephone operator and an assistant teacher with California State’s Head Start program.

She will speak her mind and stand up for what’s right– Maxine Waters has loaned her voice over the years to advocating for divestment from South Africa’s apartheid regime.  She was also opposed to the Iraq War and voted against the Iraq War Resolution which was the 2002 resolution that funded and granted Congressional approval to take military action against Saddam Hussein.

She ain’t never scared– Maxine Waters had a close relationship with Fidel Castro, often praising him and had demanded on many occasions that the U.S. end its trade embargo with Cuba.  In a letter written to Castro in 1998, Waters thanked him for providing help to those who needed to “flee political persecution.”

She loves her People-When Blacks rioted after the Rodney King verdict, Mrs. Waters helped the city of Watts by delivering relief supplies to its residents—and she demanded that the city turn on essential services they were denying its citizens.  She is quoted as saying, “If you call it a riot it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason.  I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.”

They’re steady trying to take a sister down– Maxine Waters was under investigation in 2010 for efforts to help a company called OneUnited Bank where her husband was a director and investor.  She was accused by the House panel of at least one ethics violation to which she helped the bank secure federal aid.  Also, over the years she has been named a corrupt member of Congress by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in their 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 reports.