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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00034128&newmem=Y ''Open Secrets'' "Matt Cartwright's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets,'' "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013]</ref>
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Matt Cartwright
Matt Cartwright.jpg
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 17
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTim Holden (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,361,753
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHamilton College
J.D.University of Pennsylvania
Personal
BirthdayMay 1, 1961
Place of birthErie, Pennsylvania
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$2,970,014
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Matt Cartwright campaign logo
Matt Cartwright 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 was sworn into office on January 3, 2013. He defeated incumbent Tim Holden in the April 24 primary election and then overtook Republican Laureen Cummings in the general election in order to win the seat.[1]

Before becoming a congressman, Cartwright worked as a lawyer in Philadelphia and Scranton, Pennsylvania.[2]

Cartwright is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Biography

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.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Cartwright serves on the following committees:[3]

Issues

Political Positions

Health Care

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.[4]

Economy

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.[5]

Environment

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.

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district elections, 2014

Cartwright is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district elections, 2012

"It's Time"

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.[6]

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.[7] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[7] [8]

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 this quarter, In 2011, Holden raised $480,000 for the entire year.[9]

Endorsements

  • Former Rep. Joe Sestak[10]
  • Scranton Times-Tribune
  • Wilkes-Barre Times Leader columnist Kevin Blaum[11]

Ads

In March 2012, Cartwright released his first television ad. The 60-second ad is titled "Priorities."


Cartwright TV ad (March 15, 2012).

"The Truth"

On April 5, Cartwright released an ad in response to the Holden campaign's "Kids for Cash" ad.[12] On April 19, Cartwright released his final campaign ad. Titled "It's Time," the positive ad said Cartwright would oppose the Bush tax cuts and fight to make childcare and elderly care tax deductable.[13]

Opponent targeted

Cartwright's primary opponent, incumbent Tim Holden, was targeted by three political action committees: the Campaign for Primary Accountability, Blue America PAC,[14] and the League of Conservation Voters.[15]

The Campaign for Primary Accountability spent nearly $200,000 looking to unseat Holden,[16] including a $70,000 ad buy with a negative ad tying Holden to Wall Street.[17] According to the Huffington Post, however, "Cartwright's campaign disavowed the Campaign for Primary Accountability's spending."[18] A Holden spokesperson said the Campaign for Primary Accountability was part of a "perfect storm" of factors that lead to his loss.[19]


"Who Does Congressman Tim Holden Look out for?"

Polls

2012 Election

A Thirty-Ninth Street Strategies internal Cartwright poll, conducted April 2-5, 2012, showed Cartwright with a single-digit lead over incumbent Rep. Holden.[20]

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 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 editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign donors

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.[21]

Matt Cartwright's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 17) Won $1,361,753
Grand Total Raised $1,361,753

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Matt Cartwright's reports.[22]

Matt Cartwright (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]April 15, 2013$-532$219,939$(107,092)$112,314
July Quarterly[24]July 15, 2013$112,314$230,122$(59,113)$283,323
Running totals
$450,061$(166,205)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Cartwright's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[25] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[26]

Cost per vote

Cartwright spent $8.08 per vote received in 2012.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

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. [27]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[28]

Voting with party

2013

Matt Cartwright voted with the Democratic Party 95.5% of the time, which ranked 30th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[29]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Matt + Cartwright + Pennsylvania + Congress + House

All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.

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Personal

Matt and his wife Marion Munley Cartwright have two sons, Jack and Matthew. They live in Moosic.

External links

References

  1. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Journal "New Faces: Pennsylvania, 17th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Campaign website "Health care" Accessed April 7, 2012
  5. Official campaign website "Economy" Accessed April 7, 2012
  6. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  8. Pennsylvania Dept of State "2012 Official Primary Results"
  9. National Journal "Upset Alert: Holden Facing Deep-Pocketed Challenger" Accessed March 24, 2012
  10. PoliticsPA "Sestak backs Cartwright" Accessed April 20, 2012
  11. PoliticsPA "NEPA Newspapers Back Cartwright" Accessed April 22, 2012
  12. PoliticsPA "New Cartwright Ad Rebuts ‘Kids for Cash’ Attack" Accessed April 7, 2012
  13. PoliticsPA "After ceasefire, Cartwright releases final ad" Accessed April 20, 2012
  14. The Borys Blog Accessed April 7, 2012
  15. Lehigh Morning Call "League of Conservation Voters targets Congressman Tim Holden" Accessed April 21, 2012
  16. CBS News "Anti-incumbent group shakes up Pennsylvania primaries," April 24, 2012
  17. PoliticsPA "Super PAC Launches Anti-Holden Ad" Accessed April 7, 2012
  18. Huffington Post "Matt Cartwright, Environmentalist Candidate, Wins Pennsylvania Primary With Help Of Oil Magnates," April 25, 2012
  19. Wall Street Journal blog "Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Claims a Win in Pennsylvania," April 25, 2012
  20. PoliticsPA "Cartwright Poll: Cartwright Leads Holden 42-36" Accessed April 9, 2012
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Matt Cartwright," Accessed April 18, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Matt Cartwright's Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  23. 'Federal Election Commission "Matt Cartwright April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  24. 'Federal Election Commission "Matt Cartwright July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Matt Cartwright's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Matthew Cartwright," Accessed April 17, 2013
  28. OpenSecrets.org, "Matt Cartwright, (D-Pa), 2011"
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Holden (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylavnia, District 17
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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