Last week, Rep. Madeleine Dean was appointed to the House Judiciary and Financial Services committees. This week, she received her subcommittee assignments.
Rep. Dean will serve on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. This subcommittee has jurisdiction over many important areas of policy, including law enforcement and the Federal Criminal Code. Legislation on gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform – two of Rep. Dean’s top priorities – will also move through this subcommittee.
“Throughout my time in office – both at the state level and now in Congress – I’ve been working to address the scourge of gun violence in this country. It’s simply unacceptable that 125,000 Americans are killed or wounded by guns every year – and reasonable people agree that good policy, including universal background checks, can help,” said Rep. Dean.
Rep. Dean also described her approach to terrorism and homeland security policy. “There is no question that America faces real threats, and I take them very seriously. But our homeland security policy must be based on facts, not fantasies, and information, not ideology. By addressing our country’s challenges honestly, we can keep the American people safe.”
Rep. Dean will also serve on the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which oversees constitutional rights, ethics in government, and other legal matters. “It’s time we hold federal officials to higher standards,” said Rep. Dean. She noted that House Democrats have already introduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act, to tighten federal ethics rules.
Rep. Dean also commented on the Trump administration’s disregard for constitutional norms. “Like many Americans, I am concerned about the President’s repeated violations of constitutional principles and his willingness to threaten basic civil liberties. Our is a nation of laws, and those laws must be respected.”
Rep. Dean has a background in law and ethics. After graduating from Delaware Law School of Widener University, she practiced in a small Philadelphia firm. Later, she opened her own three-woman practice in Glenside, PA. In addition, Rep. Dean taught courses on ethics at La Salle University.
Financial Services Committee
Rep. Dean will serve on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. This subcommittee is responsible for ensuring that federal agencies, businesses, and other entities operate lawfully. Over the coming session, the subcommittee will likely pursue investigations into the Department of Housing and Urban Development over its disregard for Fair Housing Laws. The subcommittee will also examine the way that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been dismantled under President Trump’s leadership.
“Our country has laws in place to protect citizens and consumers,” said Rep. Dean. “For the past two years, however, this administration has chosen not to enforce those laws. As a result, powerful institutions have felt free to mistreat and manipulate the American people. This has to stop.”
Rep. Dean will also serve on the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion. The subcommittee aims to increase female and minority representation among financial services industry managers, as well as ensure that all Americans have access to credit, capital, and financial services.
“Diversity is one of America’s strengths, but women and minorities still face obstacles to opportunity. In 2019, there’s simply no reason that your financial future should have anything to do with your gender or the color of your skin,” said Dean.
For more information, please contact Matt Bieber, Communications Director for Rep. Dean, at 202-569-2879 or Matthew.Bieber@mail.house.gov.