Mary E. Flowers
|Mary E. Flowers|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 31st district
July 31, 1951 |
Mary E. Flowers is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 31st District in Chicago since 1985. In 1993 she received the "Legislator of the Year" award from the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.
Early life and education
Mary E. Flowers was born on July 31, 1951, in Inverness, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta. Her family moved to Chicago when she was a child, as part of the Great Migration to industrial cities by African Americans from the South. She attended local schools in Chicago, going on for higher studies at Kennedy King Community College; and graduating from the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle.
Marriage and family
Flowers is married to Daniel Coutee and they have one daughter, Makeda.
Flowers became active in the Democratic Party. She was elected to the state legislature from the 31st District in 1985. She has served on numerous committees, with interests in health and welfare: Health Care Availability Access (Chairperson); Higher Education; Human Services; Accountability & Administrative Rev; Health & Healthcare Disparities; Museums, Arts, & Cultural Enhanceme; Restorative Justice. She received 1993 "Legislator of the Year" award from Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.
- 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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