Meet Madeleine

About Madeleine860704_479433845437889_1487607208_o

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 LaSalle 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 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 and enjoyed classes at Montgomery County Community College; her law degree at Widener University School of Law, in Wilmington, Delaware – and attended the University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government.

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– and one granddaughter, Aubrey.


  • “Madeleine Dean has the kind of smart, energetic leadership
    skills we need in Harrisburg.”