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ICON Award

Maxine Waters

U.S. Congresswoman, 43rd District of California

To a generation of internet news gatherers, U.S. Rep. Waters is Queen Maxine, Auntie Boss, the political agitator of 2017. No one can dispute this powerful Black woman who wields her outspokenness in Washington, D.C., like a samurai warrior, calling out President Donald Trump and members of his administration for various offenses. She has relentlessly fought injustice, whether it be apartheid in South Africa or police brutality in the U.S. Waters, the ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services and past chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has 37 years of experience under her belt. She was re-elected to her 14th term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 and received 76 percent of her district's vote. One reason people-especially millennials-tend to embrace Waters is because of her ability to speak to their issues. The feeling appears to be mutual. She told EBONY in a recent interview: "I'm inspired by our millennials. I do believe that we have a lot of young people now who are more interested in government, more interested in politics, more interested in running for office, and I'm going to do everything I can to support that."

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