Commencement Speaker Maxine Waters
Los Angeles Angeles Southwest College 2017 Commencement Speaker
Congresswoman Maxine Waters
Representing California's 43rd Congressional District for over 23 years, Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be one of the most powerful women in American politics today. She serves as the Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, which is responsible for oversight of our nation’s housing market, the financial regulatory agencies, banks and financial intuitions, and Wall Street. She is the first woman and the first African-American of either party to serve as the top Democrat on this powerful committee.
Congresswoman Waters was instrumental in implementing the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which led to the establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the creation of Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion at each of the Federal regulatory agencies. Waters has been at the forefront of the fight to keep families in their homes, advocating for strong modification programs and oversight of mortgage servicers. In 2013, HousingWire, a leading news outlet covering the U.S. housing economy, named her a “Woman of Influence” for her work on the Committee.
Throughout her 37 years of public service, Congresswoman Waters has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color and the poor. She is an integral member of Congressional Democratic Leadership, serving as a member of the Steering & Policy Committee. Congresswoman Waters is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a member and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Congresswoman Waters was elected in November 2016 to her fourteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives with more than 76 percent of the vote.x
The 43rd Congressional District of California includes a large part of South Central Los Angeles and the diverse cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita and Torrance.