Judith Steinberg Dean

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Judith Steinberg Dean
First Lady of Vermont
In role
August 14, 1991 – January 8, 2003
Preceded byBarbara Snelling
Succeeded byDorothy Douglas
Second Lady of Vermont
In role
January 3, 1987 – August 14, 1991
Preceded byArthur Kunin
Succeeded byPenny Dubie
Personal details
Judith Steinberg

(1953-05-09) May 9, 1953 (age 70)
Roslyn, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1981)
Alma materAlbert Einstein College of Medicine (M.D.)
Princeton University (B.A.)

Judith Steinberg Dean (born May 9, 1953) is an American physician from Burlington, Vermont. She is married to Howard Dean,[1] 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.[2]

Early life[edit]

Judith Steinberg grew up on Long Island in Roslyn, outside New York City. Her parents were both doctors, and her family was Jewish.[3]

She earned her bachelor's degree in biochemistry at Princeton University[4] 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.[3]


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 uses her family 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, both of whom have been raised in and identify in the Jewish faith.[4][5]


  1. ^ Traister, Rebecca (9 December 2003). "Dr. Dean, medicine woman". Salon.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Traister, Rebecca (8 December 2003). "Dr. Dean, medicine woman". salon.com.
  4. ^ a b Gordon, Meryl. "The Unlikely Rise of Howard Dean". NY Mag. New York Magazine. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
  5. ^ "Howard Dean´s Jewish ties - Jewish Telegraphic Agency". www.jta.org. 2003-04-15.
Honorary titles
Preceded by First Lady of Vermont
Succeeded by
Dorothy Douglas
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Arthur Kunin
as Second Gentleman
Second Lady of Vermont
Succeeded by
Penny Dubie