A native Chicagoan, State Senator Mattie Hunter has served in the Illinois General Assembly since 2003. Hunter serves in leadership as a majority caucus whip and currently as the chair of the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee. She also serves on the Human Services, Public Health, Executive and Appropriations I committees. 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.
Licenses in alcohol and drug counseling and prevention specialists in Illinois and Indiana 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.
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.