Judith Steinberg Dean

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Judith Steinberg Dean
First Lady of Vermont
In office
August 14, 1991 – January 8, 2003
Preceded by Barbara Snelling
Succeeded by Dorothy Douglas
Personal details
Born Judith Steinberg
(1953-05-09) May 9, 1953 (age 62)
Roslyn, New York
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Howard Dean
Children 2
Alma mater Albert Einstein College of Medicine (M.D.)
Princeton University (B.A.)
Profession Physician
Religion Judaism[1]

Judith Steinberg Dean, M.D., (born May 9, 1953) is a physician from Burlington, Vermont. She is the wife of Howard Dean,[2] the former Governor of Vermont and past chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Steinberg Dean was the First Lady of Vermont from 1991 until 2003.[3]

Early life[edit]

Judith Steinberg grew up on Long Island in the town of Roslyn outside New York City. She earned her bachelor's degree at Princeton University[1] and then received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where she met fellow medical student Howard Dean.


After completing a fellowship in hematology at McGill University in Montreal, Steinberg moved to Burlington, Vermont, with Dean in order to set up their joint medical practice. She kept her maiden name "Dr. Steinberg" while in her practice to differentiate herself from her husband.

As her husband served in the Vermont House of Representatives, and as Lieutenant Governor and Governor, she remained working full-time in her practice. She did not campaign with her husband in his quest for the U.S. Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 until after he lost the Iowa caucuses.

Personal life[edit]

She married Howard Dean in 1981. They have two children, Paul and Anne, both of whom have been raised in the Jewish faith.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Gordon, Meryl. "The Unlikely Rise of Howard Dean". NY Mag. New York Magazine. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Traister, Rebecca. "Dr. Dean, medicine woman". Salon.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Wilgoren, Jodi (13 January 2004). "THE 2004 CAMPAIGN: THE EX-GOVERNOR'S WIFE; The Other Doctor in Dean's House Shuns Politics". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Barbara Snelling
First Lady of Vermont
Succeeded by
Dorothy Douglas