Glenside native Madeleine Dean vying for vice chair of the House Democratic caucus

Abington High School graduate and former Pennsylvania state legislator Madeleine Dean is vying for vice chair of the House Democratic caucus.

According to Politico, Congresswoman Dean is the youngest member in the race, and gained significance after Nancy Pelosi named her impeachment manager in a case against President Trump. Dean was part of the “gallery group” barricaded in the chamber when rioters entered the Capitol on January 6.

Dean told Politico that “These two Congresses have been so jam-packed, dynamic, incredibly important that I didn’t think there would be any reason why I would have to wait in some sort of line.”

To justify her qualifications, Dean emphasized Pennsylvania’s swing-state status in a potential vice chairmanship, and cited her being the youngest of seven children: “I know how to navigate a complicated family, which is what the caucus is.”

In 2011, Dean served as Abington Township commissioner before winning a special election to the Pennsylvania State House in 2012. In 2015, Governor Tom Wolf appointed Dean to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women where she advised the Governor on policies and legislation to improve the lives of women and their families. In 2018, she campaigned for and won the Fourth Congressional District seat.

For extensive coverage on Dean and the caucus race, you can visit Politico’s article here.