Congresswoman Maxine Waters is born in Missouri.
1938 (Aug 15)
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maxine Waters moved to Los Angeles after graduating from high school. She worked at a garment factory and the phone company and eventually attended California State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. In 1976 Waters won a seat in the California State Assembly. In 1990 she went on to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she actively promoted legislation to aid poor and minority neighborhoods. Waters served on the board of directors of Essence magazine and got involved in the National Women's Political Caucus. In 1996, she was the recipient of an Essence Award.