220px-Maxine_Waters_Official copyAn advocate for women, children, people of color, and the poor, Representative Maxine Waters has shone a spotlight on the needs of South Los Angeles and successfully appealed for resources.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she was raised by a single mother and began working at age 13 in factories and segregated restaurants. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked in garment factories and at the telephone company. Her career in public service began as teacher and a volunteer coordinator in the Head Start program. During her time in Congress, health care has been one of her top legislative priorities. In particular, she has increased funding for HIV/AIDS outreach efforts among African Americans, Hispanics and other minorities. She has also authored legislation to expand health services for patients with diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s diseases. She continues to serve the 43rd Congressional District of California in her thirteenth term.

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