Initially, a member of Lakewood City Council, Maude Comstock Waitt resigned a year later after winning a seat in the Ohio Senate where she served four terms. She chaired three of her six committee assignments in the Senate and she authored three bills which became law. A strong and highly regarded leader, Waitt believed that the participation of women would improve the condition of politics. She said “Women are not as strong party adherents as men are. They think of the principle first then of the party. The only reason they ally themselves with parties is that they may accomplish more.” An active civic leader in her district, she was involved with several clubs including the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ladies of the G.A. R. and the Lakewood Republican Club.