In an opinion piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer after voting to impeach Mr. Trump in 2019, Ms. Dean acknowledged that she took issue with a number of the president’s policies, like his “indifference to the environment” and the “inhumanity and brutality toward the vulnerable.” But she added that while those did not constitute impeachable offenses, the articles of impeachment, rooted in “attacks on our constitutional order,” were of a different matter.
“To heal we need accountability and truth,” Ms. Dean said Wednesday. “That begins by acknowledging the president’s dangerous lies and their deadly consequences.”
At 19, Ms. Dean volunteered on her first campaign for a state representative, where she met her husband. After earning a law degree and opening her own practice, she changed careers to become an assistant professor in the English Department at La Salle University and taught writing and ethics.
She was elected to be a state representative in 2012, and then she sought a seat in Congress after the 2016 election. In Congress, she secured a seat on the House Judiciary Committee. She won her second term by 19 points in November.
Tucked in her pocket Constitution, which she carries with her at all time, is a copy of the Beatitudes.