Representative Madeleine Dean

Representing the 4th District of Pennsylvania

Ethics and Good Government

Rep. Dean believes in treating everyone with decency – and that doing so can help us develop a more honest, respectful, and inclusive political system.

As public servants, elected officials must be held to high standards. The Constitution requires Congress to exercise oversight responsibilities, and as a member of the Judiciary Committee, Rep. Dean takes that mandate seriously.

During her first week in Congress, Rep. Dean cosponsored H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which has passed the House. H.R. 1 would expand opportunities for voting, tamp down on dark money, fight back against gerrymandering, and tighten ethics rules for government employees. Along with Senator Bob Casey, Rep. Dean also introduced H.R. 2950, the Know Conflicts Act, which would provide a clearinghouse for information about financial conflicts of interest faced by the President.

More broadly, Rep. Dean prizes good governance – and works hard to ensure that government operates fairly, efficiently and effectively.


More on Ethics and Good Government

December 12, 2019 Press Release

At yesterday's Judiciary Committee markup of impeachment articles against President Trump, Rep. Dean offered the following statement: 


"As members of Congress, we are entrusted with a generational duty – a duty to ensure that we leave our grandchildren with a Constitution as strong — or even stronger — than our predecessors gave us. 

I want to tell you about a conversation that took place the week of July 25th. But not the one you’re thinking of.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) discussed the progress of two of her bills to make the student loan system fairer and more equitable.

Private Loan Disability Discharge Act (H.R. 4545)

December 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) expressed frustration at news that Senate Republicans are blocking the inclusion of PFAS provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“Earlier this year, the House passed the NDAA,” said Rep. Dean. “Thanks to the work of dozens of legislators committed to tackling our PFAS water contamination challenge, the NDAA included measures to phase out PFAS, clean up these chemicals, and establish a clear, nationwide drinking water standard.”

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) introduced the Reauthorization of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity Act (H.R. 5171).

As an independent advisory body, NACIQI issues recommendations to the Secretary of Education on college accrediting and accrediting agencies that determine which colleges are eligible for billions of dollars in federal financial aid each year. NACIQI was originally established as part of the 1965 Higher Education Act.

November 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House unanimously passed the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act (H.R. 4300), Rep. Madeleine Dean’s (PA-04) bipartisan bill to address the needs of foster youth facing homelessness as they age out of the foster care system.

November 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Friday, November 8, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) introduced the Fair Debt Collection Practices for Servicemembers Act. This legislation addresses a variety of abusive debt collection practices targeting members of the military.

“Our servicemen and servicewomen make extraordinary sacrifices on our behalf. The last thing they need is harassment from manipulative debt collectors who take advantage of their service,” said Rep. Dean. “This legislation will put a stop to those practices.”

October 31, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) voted to approve impeachment procedures in the House’s ongoing investigation of President Donald Trump. The procedures were approved by a vote of 232-196.

October 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) will review its use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), chemicals long used by the military in firefighting foam and other applications. PFAS is linked to a range of serious health effects, including immunological disorders, infertility, and certain cancers. Because they do not break down easily, PFAS compounds are known as “forever chemicals.”


September 16, 2019 Press Release

GLENSIDE, PA – On Monday, September 16, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) and Rep. Andy Levin (MI-09) hosted a student debt town hall at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell. Joined by interim MCCC President and Provost Vicki Bastecki-Perez and approximately 70 students, faculty, and community members, Reps. Dean and Levin discussed the scope and scale of America’s student debt crisis – and how their new bill could help alleviate it.