Rep. Madeleine Dean's Biography
State Representative Madeleine Dean was elected in 2012 to represent Pennsylvania’s 153rd Legislative District. She brings with her nearly three decades of experience as a lawyer, writer, and teacher.
Madeleine served 11 years as an assistant professor of English at La Salle University, in Philadelphia, where she taught composition, persuasive writing and rhetoric, business writing, legal writing, and ethics. In addition, Madeleine is a writer and is a contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and other publications.
Prior to teaching, Madeleine practiced law in Philadelphia. She also served as in-house counsel to Cunnane Bicycle Company Inc., and later opened a small three-woman general law practice in Glenside.
Madeleine earned her undergraduate degree at La Salle University, Philadelphia; her law degree at Widener University Delaware Law, in Wilmington, Delaware – and attended the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government.
Within her role as state representative, Madeleine sits on several committees, including Appropriations, Judiciary, Policy, Urban Affairs, State Government, and Finance, of which she is Vice-Chair. In addition, Madeleine was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to sit on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.
Madeleine was recently elected Chair of the House Democratic Southeast Delegation, comprised of 22 members representing nine counties. She also serves as Co-Chair of the PA Safe Caucus, a coalition of legislators and advocacy groups dedicated to curbing gun violence through action and awareness.
Before becoming a member of the General Assembly, Madeleine served as Abington Township Commissioner, Ward 7.
She is a lifelong parishioner of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Glenside and has served as a board member for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Madeleine and her husband, PJ Cunnane, live in Jenkintown, Abington Township and have three grown sons – Patrick, Harry and Alex – a daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and one granddaughter, Aubrey.