State Senator Mae Flexer
A Strong, Independent Voice for Northeastern Connecticut
State Senator Mae Flexer – A Strong, Independent Voice for Northeastern Connecticut
Mae Flexer has been a tireless advocate to make sure all residents of Northeastern Connecticut remain safe and have access to economic opportunity.
Mae never backs down from a fight, no matter how powerful the opponent. She led the fight against Governor Malloy when he proposed devastating cuts to education, to our hospitals, and to the state police. She was proud to lead the successful charge against the inclusion of an asset test for our Medicare Savings Program in Governor Lamont’s 2019-2020 budget recommendations, as she knew that it would hurt some of the most vulnerable people in our state.
And Mae took on members of her own party again to fight for reforms that ensure state government works for the people, not the special interests. Mae is committed to working every day to make sure Northeastern Connecticut has a strong voice in Hartford.
Mae grew up in Killingly, the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and an Irish American immigrant, attended Killingly public schools and graduated from Killingly High School. No stranger to hard work, Mae worked as many as three jobs to put herself through school at Quinebaug Valley Community College and UConn.
Having grown up in a family with limited resources, Mae believes deeply that we must build communities and a state where everyone has the opportunity to succeed. Her parents instilled in her a deep appreciation for her community and a strong desire to work to make things better for others. As a result, she is a tireless advocate for public education and a stronger, more fair economy.
Mae first became active in local politics at a town budget meeting in high school. Her passion for her community has led her to serve in a variety of roles with several local groups. She has always been passionate about improving our community. She went on to serve in the state House of Representatives.
First elected to the State Senate in November 2014, Mae currently serves as the Chair of the Government Administration & Elections Committee, working to keep our state’s voting processes fair and streamline our outdated election laws. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Higher Education & Employment Advancement Committee, and as a member of the Appropriations, Judiciary, Education and Internship committees.
Mae has also long been a champion for seniors and veterans in our state. As the Chair of the Veterans Committee in 2016, she led the state legislature in approving a new law ensuring that the driver’s licenses of members of the military will not expire while they are on active duty and stationed out-of-state. She’s fought to increase veteran education benefits, expand state tax credits for veteran-owned businesses, and streamline the application process for veterans looking for work.
Mae has also worked to make sure our state’s seniors could stayin their homes by taking on big utility companies to reduce fees, and has led the fight to strengthen protections against abuse and neglect of seniors, and to expand support for caregivers. For her efforts, Mae has earned the AARP’s Legislative Achievement Award three consecutive times.
As Connecticut’s youngest female state Senator, she has fought diligently for issues that particularly effect women, fighting for economic fairness and justice through efforts to create the first in the nation state paid sick day law and paid family leave while also fighting to increase the minimum wage.
Mae has been one of the legislature’s strongest proponents regarding family and domestic violence. In 2019, she wrote and facilitated Senate and House passage of Senate Bill 3, the “Time’s Up Act,” which increases certain sexual harassment penalties, extends the time limits people have to file criminal charges for sexual assault from five years to twenty years, and requires more employer-sponsored sexual harassment training. She has also led the movement to enact other sweeping changes to the state’s domestic violence statutes, including improved enforcement of protective orders, funding for 24/7 staffing at domestic violence shelters, and reforming the bail bond process.
Throughout more than a decade of work for our communities, Mae has been given the Children’s Champion Award from the Northeast CT School Readiness Council, is the recipient of the Chris Murphy Award from the Connecticut Young Democrats, was named a Coalition Crusader by the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, was given the Community Provider Award by United Services, the Community Service Award by the Willimantic Access Agency, and was presented with the 2019 Catherine Roraback Award by NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut. She has been recognized as an Environmental Champion by the League of Conservation Voters, and has been honored with accolades from the AARP, and the Working Families Party.
Like most other members of Connecticut’s citizen legislature, Mae also works outside of the General Assembly. She currently works as the inaugural executive director of Emerge Connecticut, the state affiliate of Emerge America, an organization that recruits, trains and mentors Democratic women to run for office.