Mattie (Mattie) Hunter (D-SS03)
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Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
2929 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
Elected: 2003    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 6/1/1954
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A native Chicagoan, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) has served in the Illinois General Assembly since 2003. Hunter serves in leadership as the Majority Caucus Chair. She sits on the Human Services, Public Health, Executive, Energy and Appropriations I committees and is the chairwoman of the Special Committee on Housing. Hunter is also a member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.

The former grassroots community organizer earned a bachelor's degree in government from Monmouth College and a master's degree in sociology from Jackson State University in Mississippi. She additionally holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Monmouth College.

As State Senator of the 3rd district, Hunter's priorities remain focused on protecting schools, increasing public safety, creating economic opportunities, expanding access to healthcare, and fighting for equality.

Licenses in alcohol and drug counseling and prevention has equipped Senator Hunter with expertise in crafting substance abuse and addiction prevention policies.

Hunter also served for years as vice president of the Human Resources Development Institute Inc., where she developed and managed programs focusing on abused women and children, behavioral health, youth and ex-offenders.

Working abroad, Hunter headed the Center for Health and Human Services in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a managing director and participated in coordinated U.S. State Department Demand Reduction Workshops addressing substance abuse in South Africa.

In 2006, Hunter was appointed a Lifetime Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She was also named Legislator of the Year by numerous organizations in the fields of health care, youth, child welfare and education.

Sen. Hunter is an active member of various organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (Theta Omega Chapter), Credit Union of Illinois board of directors, and the Health Policy Institute's National Advisory Committee of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. In 2018, she was named to Women in Government Board of Directors as the Midwest Regional Director.

Over 200 bills regarding breast cancer, childhood vaccines, youth employment, environmental issues and educations were passed during Hunter's career. She has also established several boards and commissions including the African American Family Commission.

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