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.
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 college at Quinebaug Valley Community College and UConn.
Mae first became active in local politics first 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.
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.
First elected to the State Senate in November 2014, Mae has served as Chair of the Veterans’ Committee, where she has been a constant advocate for our service men and women. 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 also serves as Chair of the Aging Committee. She has worked to make sure our community’s seniors could stay in their homes by taking on big utility companies to reduce fees. She led the fight to strengthen protections against abuse and neglect of seniors, and to expand support for caregivers. For her efforts, Mae has twice earned the AARP’s Legislative Achievement Award.
Mae has been one of the legislature’s strongest proponents regarding family and domestic violence. Senator Flexer helped lead the unanimous passage of An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence, requiring colleges to provide services to victims, institute sexual assault politics, and report incidents to the General Assembly. She led a movement to enact 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, recipient of the Chris Murphy Award from the Connecticut Young Democrats, named a Coalition Crusader by the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Community Provider Award by United Services, and presented with the Community Service Award by the Willimantic Access Agency. She has been recognized by the League of Conservation Voters, 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 is employed as the Community Coordinator for the Northeast Early Childhood Council, where she works to promote effective programs and policies to address early childhood education, the social, emotional and physical health of children and family support and engagement.