Madeleine Dean

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Madeleine Dean (2019)

Madeleine Dean Cunnane[1] (born June 6, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[2]) is an American politician (Democratic Party). She has been a Pennsylvania state representative in the United States House of Representatives since January 3, 2019. Dean was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from April 24, 2012 to November 30, 2018.


Madeleine Dean grew up in Glenside, Pennsylvania, the youngest of seven children, and graduated from Abington Senior High School. By the age of 18, Dean was already active in local politics. She studied law at La Salle University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She then continued her studies at Pennsylvania State University and Widener University, where she earned a Juris Doctor degree. After graduation, Dean worked at a law firm and later was a lecturer at La Salle University. Madeleine Dean is married to PJ Cunnane and has three sons and two grandchildren. She lives in Jenkintown with her husband.[3]


Dean was a member of the Abington Township Common Council. In 2012, she was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[4] In her campaign, Dean addressed issues including easier access to health care, reform of the justice system, equal rights, and action against gun violence. After the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, she and Representative Dan Frankel founded PA SAFE, a caucus of advocates to curb illegal guns.[5] In 2015, Dean was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to his Commission on Women.

In 2017, Madeleine Dean announced she would run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in the following year’s election.[6] Following a redistricting of Pennsylvania’s congressional election districts in February 2018, in which Dean’s residence fell from the Thirteenth to the Fourth Congressional District, and with incumbent Representative Brendan Boyle changing districts, Madeleine Dean withdrew her lieutenant governor candidacy and instead filed for Pennsylvania’s Thirteenth Congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives.[7] On May 15, 2018, she prevailed over two other candidates in the Democratic primary, and in the November 6, 2018, congressional election, Dean prevailed over Republican Dan David with 63.5 percent of the vote.[8]

On January 3, 2019, Madeleine Dean took office in the House of Representatives. There she is a member of the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on the Judiciary. After winning the 2020 election, she is eligible to hold office until today. Her current term in the House of Representatives in the 117th Congress runs through January 3, 2023.[9]

Web links

Commons: Madeleine Dean– Collection of images, videos and audio files

  • Madeleine Dean in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)

Individual references

  1. Rep. Madeleine Dean.In: Biographyby LegiStorm. Retrieved March 7, 2021 (English).
  2. Madeleine Dean.In:Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Retrieved 7 March 2021 (English).
  3. About Madeleine Dean. In:, retrieved 4 April 2020.
  4. ELECTION 2012: Madeleine Dean defeats Nick Mattiacci, Ken Krawchuk for the 153rd seat. In: Montgomery News, November 6, 2012, accessed April 4, 2020.
  5. Madeleine Dean for Congress. In:, retrieved 4 April 2020.
  6. State Rep. Madeleine Dean to run for lieutenant governor. In: The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 November 2017, accessed 4 April 2020.
  7. Suburban Philly lawmaker drops lieutenant governor bid to run for Congress. In: PennLive Patriot-News, February 22, 2018, accessed April 4, 2020.
  8. Madeleine Dean wins Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District seat. In: The Washington Post, November 2018, accessed 4 April 2020.
  9. Representative Madeleine Dean.In: Library ofCongress. Retrieved 6 March 2021 (English).