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Mattie Hunter
Mattie Hunter.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 3
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 12
Majority Caucus Whip
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedJanuary 2003
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMonmouth College
Master'sJackson State University
Date of birthJune 1, 1954
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionOwner, M. Hunter Associates
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Mattie Hunter is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 3. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.


Hunter earned her Bachelor's degree from Monmouth University and her Master's degree from Jackson State University. Her professional experience includes owning a small business and working as the Director of the Chicago Housing Authority. As a senator, Hunter has helped pass over 200 bills regarding breast cancer, childhood vaccines, environmental issues, and education. In Illinois and Indiana, Hunter is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and prevention specialist in Illinois and Indiana.[1][2]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hunter served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations I
Committee of the Whole
Human Services, Chairperson
Public Health, Vice-chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hunter served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hunter served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Hunter's campaign website listed the following issues:[3][4]

  • Health & Human Services
Excerpt: "In an effort to fight obesity and other health issues, Chicago Democrat, State Senator Mattie Hunter has filed a plan to tax sugary drinks. Sen. Mattie Hunter, Vice-Chair of the Senate Public Health Committee, filed a proposal on Valentine’s Day to add a penny-per-ounce tax to sugar-sweetened beverages. The tax is a part of the legislator’s push to decrease cases of obesity in the state."
  • Social Justice
Excerpt: "State Senator Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat and longtime child welfare advocate, wants changes. 'People say these children are slipping through the cracks. That trivializes their lives and their deaths. When children ‘slip through the cracks’ at [the Department of Children and Family Services] they end up dead. If our state isn’t able to protect its children, what good is it?' said Hunter, who, during a recent special Senate committee hearing, told DCFS’s top brass that they should all resign."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Mattie Hunter was set to face Larry D. Craddieth in the Democratic primary, but Craddieth was removed from the ballot on January 7, 2014, leaving Hunter unopposed. Hunter was unchallenged in the general election. Erin Broderick (R) filed to run on June 6 but was removed from the ballot shortly after.[5][6][7]


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Hunter won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 3. She was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20, 2012[8][9] and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[10]

Illinois State Senate, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMattie Hunter Incumbent 100% 67,958
Total Votes 67,958


On November 4, 2006, Democrat Mattie Hunter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 3 receiving 34,568 votes, ahead of Republican Chad Jackson Surles (3,929 votes).[11]

Illinois State Senate, District 3 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mattie Hunter (D) 34,568
Rose Pappas (R) 3,929

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hunter is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Hunter raised a total of $678,667 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[12]

Mattie Hunter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 3 Won $133,567
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 3 Not up for election $98,275
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 3 Won $141,353
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 3 Won $170,811
2004 Illinois State Senate, District 3 Won $134,661
Grand Total Raised $678,667


Hunter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $133,567.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mattie Hunter's campaign in 2012
Illinois Education Association$11,500
Infrastructure Engineering$4,200
Total Raised in 2012$133,567
Source:Follow the Money


Hunter was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $98,275.


Hunter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $141,353.


Hunter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $170,811.


Hunter won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Hunter raised a total of $134,661.


In 2014, Hunter's endorsements included the following:[13][14]

  • The Equality Illinois Political Action Committee ( PAC )
  • The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[15][16]


Hunter received a score of 0.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the lowest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[16]


Hunter is a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority Inc., 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.[2]

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