Mae Flexer

Position
State Senator
District
29th District: Mansfield, Windham, Scotland, Canterbury, Brooklyn, Killingly, Putnam, Thompson
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Committees
Aging (co-chair); Veterans’ Affairs (co-chair); Environment (vice chair); Higher Education & Employment Advancement (vice chair); Appropriations; Judiciary
Previous Positions
Killingly Charter Revision Commission, Killingly Education Needs Assessment Committee, Killingly Tercentennial Committee
Education
A.A., Quinebaug Valley Community College; B.A., University of Connecticut
Occupation
Legislator
Public Financing
Yes
Mae Flexer, a Democrat, literally came of age in politics. She joined the Killingly Democratic town committee at age 18 and was elected its chair at 23. She won a House seat at 28 and entered the Senate at age 34.

She interrupted her graduate studies at the University of Connecticut in 2008 to run for the legislature, where she had been an aide to Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., whose seat she won in 2014 after he declined to seek re-election.

As a new House member, Flexer was named to lead a task force on domestic violence, helping to produce a package of legislation, including a bill that provided funding for the Judicial Department to use GPS to track high-risk domestic violence offenders.

Flexer voted as a House member in 2013 for the gun-control bill passed in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting, a vote that made her a target for outraged gun owners in 2014. While her district includes a half-dozen rural communities where gun owners were thought to hold sway, it also includes Mansfield, the home of the University of Connecticut, and urban Willimantic.

She is one seven freshman senators in the 2015-2016 term, three of whom served in the House: Flexer and another Democrat, Tim Larson of East Hartford, and Republican Tony Hwang of Fairfield. She was targeted for defeat by an independent expenditure group in 2016, when she faced her 2014 opponent in a rematch. She won with 55 percent of the vote, helped by the solid bloc of Democratic voters in Mansfield and Windham.

Flexer lives in Killingly.
Election history
Flexer won an open seat in the House in 2008, succeeding Republican Michael A. Caron. She won an open seat in the Senate in 2014, succeeding the chamber's top leader, Democrat Donald E. Williams Jr.
Most recent election
Mae Flexer D 20237
Mae Flexer WF 1943
John French R 16718
John French I 1562
Financial disclosure
In her Statement of Financial Interest filed in 2014, Flexer reported outside income from the Eastconn-North East Early Childhood Council. She owned no securities worth more than $5,000.
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