Mary E. Flowers

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Mary E. Flowers
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Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 31st district
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1951-07-31) July 31, 1951 (age 66)
Inverness, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Daniel Coutee

Mary E. Flowers (born July 31, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 31st district since 1985.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Flowers is married to Daniel Coutee and they have one daughter, Makeda.

Political career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

In 2014 she shepherded through the state legislature a bill to make it easier for pregnant women to keep their jobs through reasonable accommodation.[2]


  1. ^ "Representative Mary E. Flowers (D)". Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Schulte, Brigid (September 8, 2014). "States move to ensure pregnant workers get fair chance to stay on job". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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