Overview: Madeleine Dean got an early start in politics when at age 18 she won election to serve as a local committee-person. She then completed her undergraduate studies at La Salle University in Philadelphia and earned her law degree at Delaware Law School of Widener University. She returned home, practicing law in a small Philadelphia firm and eventually served as executive director of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Madeleine then opened a small, three-woman law practice in Glenside.
From 2001 until 2011 she was a member of the English Department at her alma mater La Salle University — teaching composition, persuasive writing and rhetoric, business writing, and legal writing, while also contributing to The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News, The Patriot-News and other publications. Public service then called her again. After first studying politics at Penn’s Fels School of Government, she ran for and served as Abington Township commissioner, before winning a special election to the Pennsylvania State House in 2012.
During her six-and-a-half years in Harrisburg, from 2012 through 2018, Madeleine was an outspoken champion of public education, healthcare access, environmental protection, equal rights, ethics, criminal justice reform, combating addiction and ending gun violence. Following the Sandy Hook shooting, she founded and served as Co-Chair of the PA SAFE Caucus — an active coalition of legislators and advocates dedicated to ending gun violence. Throughout her career in the Legislature, Madeleine also worked closely with local officials to bring home millions of dollars in infrastructure projects that promote safer, greener, more livable communities. In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed her to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, advising the Governor on policies and legislation to improve the lives of women and their families.
In 2018, Pennsylvania had 18 Congressional seats — and 0 women. Along with other women from across the state, Madeleine set out to change that. She ran for the Fourth Congressional District seat and won. In Madeleine’s view, building a more compassionate society means making smart, humane policy choices, and working to ensure that government functions smoothly and delivers the services constituents need. Her assignment to the committees on Financial Services and Judiciary will serve her and her constituents well.
Please join your GRA colleagues -- and expand your professional and Congressional networks -- by registering today for our breakfast with Cong. Madeleine Dean (PA) on Tuesday, March 12th.
When: Tuesday, March 12th at 8:30 AM
Where: Tortilla Coast - 400 First St., SE, Washington, DC 20003
Price: $99 for Members | $149 for Non-Members
(*attendees will need to sign into their account, or create an account to register; checks will also be accepted at the door.)