|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 17|
|January 3, 2013|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Tim Holden (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|J.D.||University of Pennsylvania|
|Birthday||May 1, 1961|
|Place of birth||Erie, Pennsylvania|
Cartwright graduated from Hamilton College in 1983, then got his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. While an undergraduate, he studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and met his future wife, Marion Munley, while there. After law school, he practiced law in Philadelphia for several years before relocating to Scranton to work with his father-in-law's firm.
Cartwright serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs - Ranking Minority Member
- Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements
- United States House Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
Cartwright said he would have voted for the health care reform bill, however he believes it didn't go far enough to hold insurance companies accountable.
Cartwright believes the government should play a vital role in the economic recovery. He also believes that when the housing market collapsed, judges should have been given the ability to adjust homeowners' mortgages. Cartwright also supports doing away with corporate tax loopholes and giving more tax breaks to middle-class families.
Cartwright believes that hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," should not be exempt from the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, or Safe Drinking Water Act. He also believes private companies should not be given the rights to drill or mine on public lands.
Cartwright ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Pennsylvania's 17th District. He defeated incumbent Tim Holden in the April 24 Democratic primary and faced Republican Laureen Cummings in the November 6 general election.
The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013. Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list. 
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 17 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House of Representatives-Pennsylvania District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Tim Holden Incumbent||42.9%||24,953|
On March 21, 2012, the Cartwright campaign accidentally leaked to a media outlet that they had raised $600,000 this quarter - including donations and some amount of self-funding. Holden, on the other hand, reportedly raised $230,000 this quarter, In 2011, Holden raised $480,000 for the entire year.
- Former Rep. Joe Sestak
- Scranton Times-Tribune
- Wilkes-Barre Times Leader columnist Kevin Blaum
In March 2012, Cartwright released his first television ad. The 60-second ad is titled "Priorities."
On April 5, Cartwright released an ad in response to a Holden campaign's "Kids for Cash" ad. On April 19, Cartwright released his final campaign ad. Titled "It's Time," the positive ad says Cartwright will oppose the Bush tax cuts and fight to make childcare and elderly care tax deductable.
Cartwright's primary opponent, incumbent Tim Holden, was targeted by three political action committees: the Campaign for Primary Accountability, Blue America PAC, and the League of Conservation Voters.
The Campaign for Primary Accountability spent nearly $200,000 looking to unseat Holden, including a $70,000 ad buy with a negative ad tying Holden to Wall Street. According to the Huffington Post, however, "Cartwright's campaign disavowed the Campaign for Primary Accountability's spending." A Holden spokesperson said the Campaign for Primary Accountability was part of a "perfect storm" of factors that lead to his loss.
A Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies internal Cartwright poll, conducted April 2-5, 2012, showed Cartwright with a single-digit lead over incumbent Rep. Holden.
|Pennsylvania's Congressional District 17, 2012|
(April 2-5, 2012)
|Tim Holden (D)||36%||36%|
|Matt Cartwright (D)||42%||42%|
|Margin of error||+/-4.0||4%|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
Comprehensive donor information for Cartwright is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cartwright raised a total of $1,361,753 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.
|Matt Cartwright's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Pennsylvania, District 17)||$1,361,753|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,361,753|
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, 2012 - Matt Cartwright Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$35,785|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$27,107|
|Top contributors to Matt Cartwright's campaign committee|
|Munley, Munley & Cartwright||$29,250|
|Foley Law Firm||$11,750|
|American Association for Justice||$11,000|
|Amalgamated Transit Union||$10,000|
|American Federation of Teachers||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$50,000|
|Building Trade Unions||$27,500|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Cartwright missed 3 of 108 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.8%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. 
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Cartwright's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,115,033 and $4,824,996. That averages to $2,970,014, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
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- Area Votes in Congress - Philly.com - Philly.com
- US Rep. Matt Cartwright defends electric car loan program - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
- House Dem On Benghazi Hearing: "There Was No News Today" - RealClearPolitics
- Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Matt Cartwright support end to FAA furloughs - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
- US House passes Pat Toomey's debt limit idea; Dent votes against bill - Allentown Morning Call
- Benghazi attack 'whistleblowers' testify before House committee - wtvr.com
- Role reversal for lawmakers at Tom Perez hearing - Politico
- Stephen Colbert gets to know Pa.'s 17th district (VIDEO) - Washington Post - Washington Post (blog)
- State Sen. Lisa Boscola denounces redistricting plan upheld by Pennsylvania ... - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
- [WATCH Stephen Colbert revives 'Better Know a District' segment by crashing ... - Red Alert Politics]
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Matt and his wife Marion Munley Cartwright have two sons, Jack and Matthew. They live in Moosic.
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
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- Profile at Wikipedia
- ↑ National Journal "New Faces: Pennsylvania, 17th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ Campaign website "Health care" Accessed April 7, 2012
- ↑ Official campaign website "Economy" Accessed April 7, 2012
- ↑ Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
- ↑ Pennsylvania Dept of State "2012 Official Primary Results"
- ↑ National Journal "Upset Alert: Holden Facing Deep-Pocketed Challenger" Accessed March 24, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA "Sestak backs Cartwright" Accessed April 20, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA "NEPA Newspapers Back Cartwright" Accessed April 22, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA "New Cartwright Ad Rebuts ‘Kids for Cash’ Attack" Accessed April 7, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA "After ceasefire, Cartwright releases final ad" Accessed April 20, 2012
- ↑ The Borys Blog Accessed April 7, 2012
- ↑ Lehigh Morning Call "League of Conservation Voters targets Congressman Tim Holden" Accessed April 21, 2012
- ↑ CBS News "Anti-incumbent group shakes up Pennsylvania primaries," April 24, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA "Super PAC Launches Anti-Holden Ad" Accessed April 7, 2012
- ↑ Huffington Post "Matt Cartwright, Environmentalist Candidate, Wins Pennsylvania Primary With Help Of Oil Magnates," April 25, 2012
- ↑ Wall Street Journal blog "Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Claims a Win in Pennsylvania," April 25, 2012
- ↑ PoliticsPA "Cartwright Poll: Cartwright Leads Holden 42-36" Accessed April 9, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Matt Cartwright," Accessed April 18, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Matt Cartwright's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Matthew Cartwright," Accessed April 17, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Matt Cartwright, (D-Pa), 2011"
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