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Waters won re-election<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 43rd congressional district elections, 2012|43rd District]] as a Democrat.  She was displaced from her former district, [[California's 35th congressional district elections, 2012|the 35th]] by redistricting.<ref>[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2011/09/candidates-jockey-for-advantage-in-redistricting-spawn-scramble-for-new-seats.html "Congressional candidates jockey in redistricting-spawned scramble", ''latimes.com'', September 6, 2011]</ref>
 
Waters won re-election<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 43rd congressional district elections, 2012|43rd District]] as a Democrat.  She was displaced from her former district, [[California's 35th congressional district elections, 2012|the 35th]] by redistricting.<ref>[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2011/09/candidates-jockey-for-advantage-in-redistricting-spawn-scramble-for-new-seats.html "Congressional candidates jockey in redistricting-spawned scramble", ''latimes.com'', September 6, 2011]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Waters is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/maxine_waters/400422 ''Gov Track'' "Waters" Accessed May 23, 2012]</ref>
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==Career==
 
==Career==

Revision as of 11:53, 11 June 2013

Maxine Waters
Maxine Waters.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 43
Incumbent
In office
1991-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 23
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorAugustus Hawkins (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1990
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,880,940
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1977-1990
Education
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Los Angeles, 1970
Personal
BirthdayAugust 15, 1938
Place of birthSaint Louis, MO
Net worth$972,007
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Maxine Waters (b. August 15, 1938) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 43rd congressional district. Waters was first elected to the House in 1990.

Waters won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 43rd District as a Democrat. She was displaced from her former district, the 35th by redistricting.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Waters is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Waters's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1970: Graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with B.A.
  • 1972-1988: Delegate, Democratic National Conventions
  • 1977-1991: California State Assembly
  • 1991-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Walters serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises, Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
    • Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

Congresswoman Waters was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee in 1997 and has served on the committee continuously to this date.[5]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Waters voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 43rd congressional district elections, 2012

Waters won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 43rd District as a Democrat.[1] She was displaced from her former district, the 35th by redistricting. She and Bob Flores (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary. They faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

U.S. House, California District 43 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaxine Waters Incumbent 71.2% 143,123
     Democratic Bob Flores 28.8% 57,771
Total Votes 200,894
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Waters is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Waters raised a total of $3,880,940 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[20]

Maxine Waters's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 43) Won $729,887
2010 US House (California, District 35) Won $694,021
2008 US House (California, District 35) Won $781,102
2006 US House (California, District 35) Won $793,431
2004 US House (California, District 35) Won $390,923
2002 US House (California, District 35) Won $240,320
2000 US House (California, District 35) Won $251,256
Grand Total Raised $3,880,940

2012

Breakdown of the source of Waters's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Waters won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Waters's campaign committee raised a total of $729,887 and spent $717,251.[21]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Waters's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Waters won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Waters's campaign committee raised a total of $694,021 and spent $718,505.[22]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Ethics charges

In 2010, The Office of Congressional Ethics charged Waters with improper requests for a meeting with Treasury officials for OneUnited Bank. Waters' husband owns stock in the bank and served as a director until a few months before Waters requested those meetings. OneUnited got an infusion of TARP money, which prevented Waters' husband's approximately $200,000 in bank stock from becoming worthless.

On June 6, 2012, the House Ethics Committee announced they would go ahead with the investigation, which had been delayed due to charges by Waters that lawyers for the committee were biased and violated House rules. In July 2011, Billy Martin, a former Justice Department prosecutor, was brought in to act as outside counsel. His inquiry corroborated some of Waters' allegations, but concluded that a fair hearing was not denied.[23]

Daughter's fictitious business

Federal campaign records showed that Congresswoman Waters’ campaign committees paid more than $350,000 in management fees to an entity known as "Progressive Connections" since 2005. The campaign committees claimed to owe another $82,000 in management fees to Progressive Connections. Progressive Connections doesn’t aggressively advertise and records showed it to be the fictitious business name used by Maxine Waters’ daughter, Karen Waters.

Rep. Waters operated a slate mail business that benefits her daughter in each election cycle. Waters released a voter guide featuring her picture and a list of candidates she endorsed and ballot measures she supported. Candidates and ballot measure committees paid to be listed on the guide. Karen Waters ran the operation through a state committee called L.A. Vote until the 2004 election.[24]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Waters is a "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[25]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Waters missed 1,115 of 14,452 roll call votes from January 1991 to March 2013. This amounts to 7.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[26]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Waters paid her congressional staff a total of $964,115 in 2011. She ranked 56th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranked 221st overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Waters's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$3,511,983 and $5,455,998. That averages to $972,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 4.05% from 2010.[28]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Waters' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-3,495,980 and $5,521,998. That averages to $1,013,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[29]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Waters ranked 50th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[30]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Waters ranked 53rd in the liberal rankings.[31]

Voting with party

2013

Maxine Waters voted with the Democratic Party 95.7% of the time, which ranked 90th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[32]

Personal

Waters and her husband, Sidney, have two children.

Recent news

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "Congressional candidates jockey in redistricting-spawned scramble", latimes.com, September 6, 2011
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Maxine Waters," Accessed November 12, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. "Black Americans in Congress" Committee Assignments(See Judiciary)
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  8. Unofficial election results
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Maxine Waters," Accessed March 22, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Maxine Waters 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Maxine Waters 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  23. New York Times, "Ethics Case Against Congresswoman to Resume," June 6, 2012
  24. "Waters’ ‘unseemly’ slatemail game," By Bradley Benbrook, CalWatchdog, August 26, 2010
  25. Gov Track "Maxine Waters," Accessed June 7 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Maxine Waters," Accessed April 2, 2013
  27. LegiStorm "Maxine Waters"
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Waters, (D-Cali), 2011"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Waters, (D-Cali), 2010"
  30. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  31. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Augustus Hawkins
U.S. House - California District 43
1991-Present
Succeeded by
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