Rep. Maxine Waters

Representative from California’s 43rd District, Democrat

Waters, a Democrat, has been the representative for California's 43rd congressional district since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2016) (map).

She was previously the representative for California's 35th congressional district (1993-2012); and the representative for California's 29th congressional district (1991-1992).

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Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Waters has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into her position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Waters is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Waters for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Maxine Waters sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Waters sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (21%) Housing and Community Development (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (16%) Finance and Financial Sector (13%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (8%) Education (8%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Waters’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Waters’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Passed.
No H.R. 4127: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Dec 1, 2015. Passed.
No H.Res. 495: Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 1314) to amend the Internal Revenue Code ...
Oct 28, 2015. Passed.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Jun 16, 2015. Passed.
Nay H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed.
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2016, Waters missed 1,293 of 16,878 roll call votes, which is 7.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 4 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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