Sid Williams is the proud husband of politician and democratic representative, Maxine Waters –who serves the people of California’s 43rd District in Congress.
Sid’s wife is the most senior congresswoman and also a Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee.
The pair have been hitched since 1977 and Sid Williams is actually her second husband. Maxine Waters was previously married to Edward Waters from 1956 until 1972. With husband number one she welcomed two children, Karen and Edward Waters.
However, it was husband number two, Sid Williams, who’s been at her side as she rose to political prominence, first in the state Assembly and then in Congress.
Sid was born Sidney Williams on March 3, 1942; the Shreveport, La., native is known for his career as a professional football player. Prior to becoming the husband of Maxine Waters, Sid Williams had made a name for himself in the NFL. He played college football at Southern University and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1964.
In addition to the Browns, Sid Williams also played with the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. The former linebacker, played on the 1965 Cleveland Browns NFL championship team.
After his NFL retirement Sid went onto work with fellow teammate Jim Brown from 1966 to 1974 –on the Black Economic Union, a now-defunct organization that Brown started to help develop minority businesses.
Williams also served as project manager for the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency in the late 1970s. But in 1979, he became a car dealer landing a job at the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Hollywood. Of all his job posts, perhaps the most unlikely came during the Clinton administration –when Sid Williams was appointed the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas.
Though he and Maxine Waters have been together for over forty year, they have no children, however he is the stepfather of Waters’ two children from her first marriage.