WASHINGTON - AUGUST 13:  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) holds a news conference to challenge the charges made against her by the House of Representatives ethics committee at the U.S. Capitol August 13, 2010 in Washington, DC. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said it found sufficient evidence that Waters' chief of staff, her grandson Mikael Moore, granted "special favors" to a struggling Massachusetts-based bank in which her husband owned stock. Waters has requested that a public trial by an ethics committee panel take place before the November election.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Maxine Waters

Since 1991, Democrat Maxine Waters has been serving in the House of Representatives for the 35th District of California. She previously served for 14 years in the California State Assembly. Waters is passionate about ending poverty, joblessness and other issues that plague her district, which includes South Central L.A. Recently, she has been vocally opposed to the Tea Party Movement, notably saying, "The Tea Party can go to hell," and has challenged the Obama Administration on what she considers its failure to acknowledge the high rate of unemployment among African-Americans.