Madeleine Dean (D-PA-04)

Madeleine Dean

Madeleine Dean is running in the 2018 election to represent Pennsylvania’s 4thdistrict in the House of Representatives. She is a lawyer, community leader, and former Pennsylvania state representative. On May 15, she won the Democratic primary and will run against Republican Dan David in the general election on November 6.

Background and Achievements

Madeleine Dean was born and raised in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in Jenkintown, Abington Township. She got her BA from La Salle University and her JD from Widener University. She then worked as a practicing attorney, including in her own three-woman law practice. For 10 years, she also taught English at La Salle University. Her public service career began with her time as a local township commissioner and then as a state representative in 2012. She founded the PA SAFE caucus to advocate for gun safety legislation and served on the Governor’s Pennsylvania Commission for Women.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Stands for the right to choose and have quality reproductive healthcare
  • Advocates for healthcare for all
  • Supports common sense gun reform legislation
  • Advocates for ending sexual assault
  • Supports funding pre-K, college, and technical training
  • Supports renewable energy
  • Believes in DACA and strengthening the immigration system
  • Supports minority, LGBTQ+, and immigrant communities

Prospects & Opponents

Pennsylvania’s 4thdistrict is an open seat since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared the previous map illegal and drew a new one. Madeleine Dean won her May 15 Democratic primary by almost 60 points. In the November 6 general election, she will run against Republican Dan David. Hillary Clinton won by 19.4 points in the district. The Cook Political Report rates the election as solidly Democratic, and the Cook Partisan Voter Index is D+7.


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