State Rep. Madeleine Dean Announces for Congress in Montgomery County

Gov. Rendell and Mayor Nutter Endorse Dean as the “Best Choice to Fight the Trump Agenda”

Democrat Madeleine Dean, who has represented Abington and Upper Dublin in Harrisburg since 2012, today announced her candidacy for Congress in the new 4th Congressional District, which encompasses nearly all of Montgomery County.

Dean, who is withdrawing from her campaign to become Lt. Governor despite having the most cash-on-hand of any Democrat in the race, said that she made the decision to run for Congress after receiving calls of encouragement from supporters throughout the region, including Governor Ed Rendell and Mayor Michael Nutter.

Dean said, “I wanted to use my track record as a state legislator to help Governor Tom Wolf reform Harrisburg.  But this once in a lifetime opportunity to serve – this week’s creation of a new congressional district in the county I’ve represented and lived in my entire life demanded consideration.”

Dean continued, “Pennsylvania sends 18 Congressmen and two Senators to represent us in Washington, and not one of them – not one – is a woman.  We have a Republican-controlled Congress that isn’t doing its part to hold Donald Trump accountable – a majority that is undermining the education of our children, a woman’s right to choose, a delegation that refuses to support common sense gun safety measures. With Donald Trump in the White House, our country faces a crisis – I feel an obligation to try and make things better.”

As a member of the Pennsylvania House, Dean has been praised for her progressive values and her efforts to increase education funding, crack down on gun violence, and require ethical, good government. Dean co-founded the gun violence prevention caucus, PA SAFE, following the shooting at Sandy Hook. Dean is Chair of the Southeast Delegation and a member of the PA Commission for Women.

Governor Ed Rendell endorsed Dean, saying that, “With Montgomery County getting its own congressional district back, Mad is the ideal person to represent it. She was a great township commissioner, has been a great state representative, has the right experience, and always fights for the right things.” Mayor Michael Nutter also endorsed Dean and lauded her as, “a consistent voice for reform and the best choice to fight the Trump agenda” in Washington.

Dean concluded, “Washington is in crisis. I’m running to be a part of the solution. In Congress, I’ll use my experience to hold President Trump accountable; to fight for the middle class – not for deficit-exploding tax cuts to the wealthiest; to adequately address the opioid epidemic devastating our communities; and to stand up to the gun lobby as if our children’s future and lives depend upon it – because they do.”

The youngest of seven children, Dean grew up in Glenside, graduating from Abington High School, La Salle University, and Widener University Law School. Dean practiced law and was an assistant professor at La Salle.  She is a lifelong parishioner of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Glenside. Dean and her husband PJ Cunnane live in Abington Township, have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and one granddaughter – Aubrey.


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