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Matt Cartwright
Matt Cartwright, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 17
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTim Holden (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$9.38 in 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,647,479
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHamilton College
J.D.University of Pennsylvania
Personal
Date of birthMay 1, 1961
Place of birthErie, Pennsylvania
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth(2012) $1,105,518
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Matt Cartwright campaign logo
Matt Cartwright (b. May 1, 1961, in Erie, Pennsylvania) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Cartwright was first elected by voters from Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District on November 6, 2012, and most recently won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Cartwright is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Cartwright graduated from Hamilton College in 1983, and then he earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. While an undergraduate, he studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and he met his future wife, Marion Munley.[1] After law school, he practiced law in Philadelphia for several years before relocating to Scranton to work with his father-in-law's firm.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Cartwright's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Cartwright serves on the following committees:[3]

2013-2014

Cartwright served on the following committees:[4]

Key votes

114th Congress

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The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Cartwright's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Nay3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, including Cartwright, voted against the resolution.[7][8][9]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Cartwright voted with 176 Democrats to approve the bill.[10][11]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[12] For more information pertaining to Cartwright's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[13]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Cartwright voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Cartwright voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Cartwright voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

NDAA

Yea3.png Cartwright voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[14]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[16] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Cartwright voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and the protection of the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Cartwright joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[19][20]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Cartwright voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Cartwright voted for HR 2775.[26]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Cartwright voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Nay3.png Cartwright voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Nay3.png Cartwright voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Yea3.png Cartwright voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[14]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Matt Cartwright's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

'On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Cartwright is a Liberal Populist.[27] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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SNAP challenge

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Cartwright, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[28] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[29]

Affordable Care Act

Cartwright defended the Affordable Care Act in October 2013, saying, “I’m the last person who’s going to sit here and say this is a perfect law. But it is the law, and it’s up to us to wrap our hands around it, to get together and learn about it and to do the best for Americans under this law.”[30]

Health Care

Cartwright said he would have voted for the health care reform bill; however, he did not believe it went far enough to hold insurance companies accountable.[31]

Economy

Cartwright said the government should play a vital role in the economic recovery. He also said that when the housing market collapsed, judges should have been given the ability to adjust homeowners' mortgages. Cartwright also supported doing away with corporate tax loopholes and giving more tax breaks to middle-class families.[32]

Response to Clinton book

Cartwright responded to claims he was on the hit list kept by the Clintons during the 2008 election. Cartwright said, "I can tell you, I don’t have an enemies list. First time I heard that term was I think, Richard Nixon, and they gave him a bad time over that, as I recall."[33]

Campaign themes

2014

Cartwright's campaign website listed the following issues:[34]

  • Equality
Excerpt: "Matt Cartwright believes in protecting the civil rights of American citizens, including their right to privacy, their right to engage in collective bargaining, their right to vote in elections without new and burdensome requirements, and their right to live in a country that has no tolerance for crimes of hate. "
  • Defense
Excerpt: "Matt Cartwright will fight to ensure that the United States maintains the strongest armed forces in the world and that American troops overseas have every available item to carry out their mission."
  • Infrastructure
Excerpt: "Cartwright believes that the federal government needs to invest in American infrastructure. He believes that investing in one-off, earmarked pork projects is the wrong approach."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "As he has long said, Congressman Cartwright’s number one priority is to bring good-paying, family-sustaining jobs to Northeastern Pennsylvania. While the people of the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania are known for valuing hard work, the recent recession has created a lasting impact."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Congressman Cartwright is fighting for an “all-of-the-above” approach to investing in American energy. He believes in utilizing domestic resources in an environmentally responsible manner, finding newer, better uses for older forms of energy production, and investing in sustainable clean energy technologies to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Matt would have supported President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. He remains dissatisfied, however, that it did not go far enough to expand health care coverage for more Americans and hold insurance companies more accountable for what they charge families. "

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

Cartwright won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 20, 2014.[35]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Cartwright Incumbent 56.8% 93,680
     Republican David Moylan 43.2% 71,371
Total Votes 165,051
Source: Pennsylvania Secretary of State

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

Cartwright ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 17th District. He defeated incumbent Tim Holden in the April 24 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Laureen Cummings in the November 6 general election.[36]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Cartwright 60.3% 161,393
     Republican Laureen Cummings 39.7% 106,208
Total Votes 267,601
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Cartwright 57.1% 33,255
Tim Holden Incumbent 42.9% 24,953
Total Votes 58,208

Fundraising

On March 21, 2012, the Cartwright campaign accidentally leaked to a media outlet that they had raised $600,000 that quarter, including donations and some amount of self-funding. Holden, on the other hand, reportedly raised $230,000 during the same quarter. In 2011, Holden raised $480,000 for the entire year.[37]

Endorsements

  • Former Rep. Joe Sestak[38]
  • Scranton Times-Tribune
  • Wilkes-Barre Times Leader columnist Kevin Blaum[39]

Media


"Cartwright TV ad (March 15, 2012)."

"The Truth."

"It's Time"

"Who Does Congressman Tim Holden Look out for?"
  • In March 2012, Cartwright released his first television ad. The 60-second ad was titled "Priorities."
  • On April 5, Cartwright released an ad in response to the Holden campaign's "Kids for Cash" ad.[40]
  • On April 19, Cartwright released his final campaign ad titled, "It's Time." The ad explained that Cartwright would oppose the Bush tax cuts and fight to make childcare and elderly care tax deductible.[41]

Opponent targeted

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.[42][43]

The Campaign for Primary Accountability spent nearly $200,000 looking to unseat Holden, including a $70,000 ad buy with an ad tying Holden to Wall Street.[44][45]

According to theHuffington Post, however, "Cartwright's campaign disavowed the Campaign for Primary Accountability's spending."[46] A Holden spokesperson said the Campaign for Primary Accountability was part of a "perfect storm" of factors that lead to his loss.[47]

Polls

A Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies internal Cartwright poll, conducted April 2-5, 2012, showed Cartwright with a single-digit lead over incumbent Rep. Holden.[48]

Pennsylvania's Congressional District 17, 2012
Poll Tim Holden (D) Matt Cartwright (D)Margin of ErrorSample Size
[1]
(April 2-5, 2012)
36%42%+/-4.0600
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. 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 editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Cartwright attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Cartwright is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cartwright raised a total of $2,647,479 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 20, 2015.[49]

Matt Cartwright's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Pennsylvania, District 17) Won $1,285,726
2012 U.S. House (Pennsylvania, District 17) Won $1,361,753
Grand Total Raised $2,647,479

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Cartwright won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Cartwright's campaign committee raised a total of $1,285,726 and spent $878,615.[50] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[51]

Cost per vote

Cartwright spent $9.38 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17, 2014 - Matt Cartwright Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,285,726
Total Spent $878,615
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $92,085
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $93,599
Top contributors to Matt Cartwright's campaign committee
Anapol, Schwartz et al$14,250
Boeing Co$11,000
American Assn for Justice$10,500
Comcast Corp$10,500
O'Donnell Law Offices$10,300
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$494,640
Building Trade Unions$65,500
Public Sector Unions$55,750
Industrial Unions$54,000
Transportation Unions$25,500

Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Matt Cartwright's reports.[52]

2012

Cartwright won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,361,753 and spent $1,304,274.[58] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[59]

Cost per vote

Cartwright spent $8.08 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Cartwright's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-2,483,962 to $4,694,998. That averages to $1,105,518, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Cartwright ranked as the 199th most wealthy representative in 2012.[60] Between 2011 and 2012, Cartwright‘s calculated net worth[61] decreased by an average of 65 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[62]

Matt Cartwright Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$3,116,196
2012$1,105,518
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-65%
Average annual growth:-65%[63]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[64]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Cartwright received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry. Comparatively, the top industry employer in Pennsylvania's 17th Congressional District was Educational services, and health care and social assistance, according to a 2012 U.S. Census survey.[65]

From 2001-2014, 45.65 percent of Cartwright's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[66]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Matt Cartwright Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,423,482
Total Spent $1,726,491
Top industry in the districtEducational services, and health care and social assistance
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$817,014
Public Sector Unions$99,750
Building Trade Unions$80,000
Industrial Unions$61,500
Transportation Unions$48,000
% total in top industry33.71%
% total in top two industries37.83%
% total in top five industries45.65%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Cartwright was a "moderate Democratic leader" as of July 2014.[67]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Cartwright missed 5 of 1,076 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.5 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.[68]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[69]

Cartwright most often votes with:

Cartwright least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Cartwright ranked 58th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[70]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Matt Cartwright voted with the Democratic Party 95.5 percent of the time, which ranked 15th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[71]

2013

Matt Cartwright voted with the Democratic Party 95.5 percent of the time, which ranked 30th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[72]

Recent news

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See also

External links

References

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  61. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  62. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  63. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  64. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  71. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  72. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Preceded by
Tim Holden (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylavnia, District 17
2013-Present
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