About Senator Flexer
Deputy President Pro Tempore & Federal Relations Liaison
Chair: Government Administration & Elections; Veterans’ Affairs
Vice Chair: Environment; Higher Education & Employment Advancement
Member: Appropriations; Judiciary
State Senator Mae Flexer was sworn-in to the Connecticut State Senate in to her first term in January 2015, and again to serve a second term in 2017. From 2008 to 2014 Mae served three terms in the Connecticut House of Representatives serving the 44th Assembly District towns of Killingly and Plainfield.
In 2017, Mae was appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney to serve as Deputy President Pro Tempore and Federal Relations Liaison. She was also appointed Senate Co-Chair of the legislature’s Veterans’ Affairs and Government Administration & Elections committees and as Senate Vice-Chair of the Environment and Higher Education & Employment Advancement committees. She also serves as a member of the Appropriations and Judiciary committees.
Mae has been one of the legislature’s strongest proponents regarding family and domestic violence. In her first term in the legislature, Mae was appointed to serve as Chair of the House Speaker’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, a bipartisan group of legislators charged with formulating Connecticut’s response to family and domestic violence matters. In 2014, Mae helped lead unanimous passage of An Act Concerning Sexual Assault, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence on Campus, mandating that colleges provide services to victims, institute sexual assault policies and report incidents to the Connecticut General Assembly.
In 2012 Mae was named a Coalition Crusader by the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence and was presented the Community Service Award by The Access Agency in Willimantic. In 2010 she was awarded the Community Provider Award by United Services for her efforts to change laws affecting family and domestic violence.
In 2010 and 2014, Mae led the fight to enact sweeping changes to the state’s domestic violence statutes. The new laws include an electronic monitoring pilot program for high-risk domestic violence offenders, improved enforcement of protective orders, funding for 24/7 staffing at domestic violence shelters, requiring certain offenders to surrender their firearms to police, and reforming the bail bond process making it more difficult for offenders to be quickly released back into the community. She also worked to allow judges to protect victims’ finances through restraining orders.
Protecting the character of a community is also a top priority for Mae. In 2009 she fought for legislation providing economic aid to save Connecticut’s last remaining dairy farms. She has also made it easier for farmers to sell products directly to consumers, restaurants and other businesses, championed legislation that encourages economic development by expediting the timeline for the processing of municipal land use permit applications, and introduced legislation that allows municipalities to form agricultural councils. The Connecticut Farm Bureau named Mae a 2011 Legislator of the Year.
In 2010, Mae 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. Mae has also received the Children’s Champion Award from the Northeast CT School Readiness Council and was the recipient of the Chris Murphy Award from the Connecticut Young Democrats.
Mae has lived in Killingly for almost her entire life. She began her public advocacy at an early age, jumping into town budget battles while still in high school. Her interest in the community led Mae to serve in a variety of roles with several local groups, including:
- The Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) Foundation
- NDDH’s Health Quest Leadership Team
- The State of Connecticut’s Open Space, Watershed, Land Acquisition Board
- Ekonk Community Grange
- The Access Agency Board of Directors
- Board of Directors for Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse (NECASA)
- Northeast Connecticut Women & Girls Fund
- New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Legislative Advisory Committee
- Law Enforcement Response to Family Violence Model Policy Governing Council
Additionally, Mae’s work on behalf of Connecticut’s residents has been recognized by:
- League of Conservation Voters (2012, 2013, 2014 Legislative Champion)
- AARP (2014 Legislative Achievement Award)
- Working Families Party (2014 Progressive Political Leadership Award)
An alumnus of Killingly High School, Mae earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a degree from Quinebaug Valley Community College. Mae currently works as a Community Coordinator for the Northeast Early Childhood Council.