Mary E. Flowers
|Mary E. Flowers|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 31st district
July 31, 1951 |
Early life and education
Flowers was born on July 31, 1951, in Inverness, Mississippi. Her family moved to Chicago when she was a child. She attended local schools in Chicago, going on for higher studies[clarification needed] at Kennedy King Community College; and graduating from the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle.
Flowers is married to Daniel Coutee and they have one daughter, Makeda.
Flowers became active in the Democratic Party.[when?] She was elected to the state legislature from the 31st district in 1985.
She has served on the following committees: Health Care Availability Access (Chairperson); Higher Education; Human Services; Accountability & Administrative Rev; Health & Healthcare Disparities; Museums, Arts, & Cultural Enhancement; Restorative Justice. She received 1993 "Legislator of the Year" award from Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.
In 2014 she shepherded through the state legislature a bill to make it easier for pregnant women to keep their jobs through reasonable accommodation.
- "Representative Mary E. Flowers (D)". Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- Schulte, Brigid (September 8, 2014). "States move to ensure pregnant workers get fair chance to stay on job". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- Representative Mary E. Flowers (D) 58th District, Illinois General Assembly
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Mary E. Flowers, Illinois House Democrats
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