Madeleine Dean

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Madeleine Dean
Pennsylvania House of Representatives District 153
In office
Term ends
December 1, 2014
Base salary$84,012/year
Per diem$157/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLa Salle University
J.D.Widener University School of Law
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Madeleine Dean is a Democratic member of the of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing District 153. She was first elected to the chamber after she won a special election on April 24, 2012, replacing Josh Shapiro (D), who resigned in December 2011 after being elected Montgomery County Commissioner in November 2011.[1][2]


Dean earned her B.A. from La Salle University in 1981 and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1984. Her professional experience includes working as a professor.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Dean served on the following committees:

Pennsylvania Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Democratic Vice Chair
Human Services



For fiscal year 2013, Pennsylvania spent more than $10 billion on education, including $5.5 billion for school districts’ costs across 500 school districts. Philadelphia in particular spent $983 million for fiscal year 2013. Several lawmakers, including Dean, stressed the importance of the issue for 2014. “We know that the number one issue with voters is education and how we fund our public schools,” Dean said. “How we educate our kids tells us how our economy will be.”[3]



See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Pennsylvania House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Incumbent Madeleine Dean was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dean is unchallenged in the general election.[4][5]


Special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Dean defeated Nicholas Mattiacci (R) in the special election on April 24, 2012, garnering 56% of the vote. Party ward leaders nominated candidates for the election.[6][7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 153, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMadeleine Dean 56.5% 5,206
     Republican Nicholas Mattiacci 43.5% 4,009
Total Votes 9,215

General election

See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dean ran in the 2012 election for Pennsylvania House District 153. Dean ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on April 24 and defeated Nicholas Mattiacci (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 153, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMadeleine Dean Incumbent 64.2% 20,934
     Republican Nicholas Mattiacci 34.8% 11,369
     Libertarian Kenneth Krawchuk 1% 320
Total Votes 32,623

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Madeleine Dean is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Madeleine Dean raised a total of $219,617 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 18, 2013.[9]

Madeleine Dean's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 153 Won $219,617
Grand Total Raised $219,617


Madeleine Dean won re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Madeleine Dean raised a total of $219,617.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Madeleine Dean's campaign in 2012
Pennsylvania Democratic Party$27,668
Pennsylvania State Education Association$15,750
Montgomery County Democratic Cmte$12,506
Cunnane, Patrick$10,000
Friends of Josh Shapiro$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$219,617
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the Pennsylvania General Assembly was in session from January 2 to December 31. In 2014, the Pennsylvania General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through November 30.

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Dean and her husband, Patrick J. Cunnane, have three sons.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Josh Shapiro (D)
Pennsylvania House Of Representatives District 153
Succeeded by