Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that Member-Elect Madeleine Dean (PA-4) has joined the Task Force for the 116th Congress.
"Chairman Thompson has been an incredible leader in the fight for life-saving gun violence reforms. As freshman appointee to the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I am grateful for his work on this urgent issue and for the opportunity to help pass long overdue legislation like universal background checks. As a former State Representative, I am eager to bring my experience moving gun violence legislation forward to the Task Force,” said Member-Elect Dean. “The public – students, families, and activists across the nation – have demanded an end the bloodshed, and I am confident that this diverse new Congress will get it done. Because our constituents deserve to feel safe in our communities, our schools, hospitals, places of worship, bars, clubs, or concerts. We can, we must, and we will do better."
“Madeleine has been a leading advocate on this issue throughout her time in the state legislature and I am proud to bring her strong voice to our Task Force,” said Chairman Thompson. “She knows how to get bipartisan results and with her help, I know we can pass legislation to help keep our communities safe from gun violence.”
Member-Elect Dean has been a life-long advocate for gun violence reform. Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, she founded and chaired the Pennsylvania State Legislature's gun safety caucus, PA SAFE. As chair, she authored and introduced gun violence prevention legislation, including universal background checks, lost and stolen reporting, a bump stock ban, and Extreme Risk Protection Orders. She successfully worked to advance legislation in the Republican-held state house and including enactment of legislation to require domestic violence offenders to surrender their firearms – an unprecedented achievement in the state.