On this day in 1938, United States House Representative Maxine Waters was born

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters waves in her car during a car parade to mark Juneteenth on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
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United States House Representative Maxine Waters, who represents California’s 43rd congressional district, was born on August 15, 1938, in Kinloch, Missouri.

In her over four decades of public service, she has built a reputation for tackling tough and even controversial issues. As a member of California’s State Assembly from 1976 to 1991, she spoke out against South Africa’s apartheid government.

Waters was elected to the House of Representatives in 1991. In 1992, as Los Angeles was rocked following the verdict in Rodney King’s beating case, she founded Community Build, the city’s grassroots rebuilding project.

In recent years, Waters has been outspoken against former President Donald Trump, called for a thorough investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection, and been a longtime advocate against police brutality.

Happy 85th birthday, Rep. Maxine Waters.


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