Waters is the representative for California’s 43rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Waters is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
She was previously the representative for California’s 35th congressional district as a Democrat from 1993 to 2012; and the representative for California’s 29th congressional district as a Democrat from 1991 to 1992.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2009 Waters was investigated for a conflict of interest with respect to meetings with a bank in which she had a financial interest. The House Committee on Ethics concluded that Representative Waters' chief of staff was at fault for creating the appearance of conflict, but Waters was not.
|Jul. 24, 2009||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations|
|Sep. 25, 2012||House Committee on Ethics concluded that Representative Waters' chief of staff was at fault for creating the appearance of conflict, but Waters was not|
Read our 2020 Report Card for Waters.
Waters is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Waters has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 3, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Maxine Waters sits on the following committees:
Waters was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 1725: Emergency Assistance for Renters Act of 2021
- H.R. 1724: Emergency Housing Voucher Act of 2021
- H.R. 4634 (116th): Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019
- H.R. 3827 (114th): Project-Based Voucher Improvement Act of 2015
- H.R. 5569 (111th): National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2010
- H.R. 4573 (111th): Haiti Debt Relief and Earthquake Recovery Act of 2010
- H.R. 1116 (111th): Honest FHA Originator Act of 2009
Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Waters sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Finance and Financial Sector (28%) Housing and Community Development (25%) Health (16%) Education (8%) International Affairs (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)
Some of Waters’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6055: To provide that chapter 1 of title 9 of the United States Code, …
- H.R. 5195: Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act of 2021
- H.R. 5196: Expediting Assistance to Renters and Landlords Act of 2021
- H.R. 4791: Protecting Renters from Evictions Act of 2021
- H.R. 4731: Veterans Service Organization Modernization Act of 2021
- H.R. 4732: Protecting Benefits for Disabled Veterans Act of 2021
- H.R. 4618: Short Sale Transparency and Market Fairness Act
From Jan 1991 to Dec 2021, Waters missed 1,382 of 19,443 roll call votes, which is 7.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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