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Senator Mattie Hunter Bio

State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago – 3rd District) has served in the Illinois Senate 2003. She is Chairperson of the Senate Human Services Committee, Vice-Chair of the Public Health Committee, and serves on the Redistricting and Environment Committees. She is also appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Health Committee and is Co-Chair of the Council of State Government Health Policy Task Force.

A native Chicagoan, she attended Monmouth College, Illinois where she earned her undergraduate degree in Government.  She also earned her graduate degree in Sociology from Jackson State University. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Prevention Specialist in the State of Illinois and Indiana.

Senator Hunter has been recognized for her many accomplishments by several organizations across the country. In 2006, she was appointed a Lifetime Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and named Legislator of the Year by numerous organizations in the field of health care, youth, child welfare, and education to name a few.

She is a member of several organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Theta Omega Chapter), Eta Phi Beta Sorority (Alpha Lambda Chapter), Central 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 of Washington, D.C.

Ms. Hunter has served in numerous capacities as Vice President of the Human Resources Development Institute, Inc. (HRDI) where she developed and managed programs for battered women and children, behavioral health, youth, and ex-offenders. She was Managing Director for the Center for Health and Human Services in Johannesburg, South Africa and coordinated U.S. State Department Demand Reduction Workshops addressing substance abuse situations in South Africa.

Legislatively, while establishing various boards and commissions, she has passed over 100 bills in the areas of breast cancer, childhood vaccines, environmental issues, and education.

Sen. Mattie Hunter

Senator Mattie Hunter

3rd District
Majority Caucus Whip


Years served:
2003 - Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Executive; Human Services; Public Health; Committee of the Whole; Energy and Public Utilities (Chairperson).

Biography: State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago – 3rd District) has served in the Illinois Senate since 2003. She is Chairperson of the Senate Energy Committee and serves on many other committees like Human Services and Public Health. She is also appointed to serve on the National Conference of State Legislatures Health Committee and is Co-Chair of the Council of State Government Health Policy Task Force.