State Representative Mae Flexer was first elected to the Connecticut General Assembly in 2008 to represent the 44th Assembly District of Killingly and Plainfield. Mae is now serving her third term in the House.
In 2013, Mae was appointed to serve as Assistant Majority Leader and Vice Chair of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey. Mae also serves as a member of the Internship, Judiciary, and Planning & Development Committees.
Mae has been one of the state legislature’s strongest proponents for issues surrounding family and domestic violence. In her first term at the legislature, she was appointed to serve as Chair of the 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 2012 Mae was named a Coalition Crusade by the CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence and presented the Community Service Award by the Access Agency. The Connecticut Farm Bureau named Mae 2011 Legislator of the Year, and in 2010 she was awarded the Community Provider Award by United Services for her efforts changing laws affecting family and domestic violence. 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.
In 2010 and 2011, 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 released back into the community quickly.
In 2010, 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.
Protecting the character of our community is a top priority for Mae, and 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.
Mae has lived in Killingly for almost her entire life and began her public advocacy at an early age, jumping into town budget battles while still in high school. Her interest in her community led her to serve in a variety of roles with several local groups:
- 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 Killingly Charter Revision Commission,
- The Killingly Education Needs Assessment Committee,
- The Killingly Tercentennial Committee,
- The Access Agency Board of Directors,
- Board of Directors for Northeast Communities Against Substance Abuse (NECASA)
An alumnus of Killingly High School, Mae earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and also holds a degree from Quinebaug Valley Community College.
Updated February 19, 2013