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|U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 17|
|January 3, 2013|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Tim Holden (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|J.D.||University of Pennsylvania|
|Date of birth||May 1, 1961|
|Place of birth||Erie, Pennsylvania|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 3.1.1 113th Congress
- 3.1.2 National security
- 3.1.3 Economy
- 3.1.4 Immigration
- 3.1.5 Healthcare
- 3.1.6 Social issues
- 3.1.7 Previous congressional sessions
- 3.1 Legislative actions
- 4 Elections
- 5 Polls
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Before becoming a congressman, Cartwright worked as a lawyer in Philadelphia and Scranton, 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
The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session. For more information pertaining to Cartwright's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Cartwright voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
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.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Cartwright voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
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.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
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.
Health Care Reform Rules
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.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
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.
- 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. 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.
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.
Previous congressional sessions
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, 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 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.
- 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."
Cartwright TV ad (March 15, 2012).
On April 5, Cartwright released an ad in response to the Holden campaign's "Kids for Cash" ad. 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.
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.
"Who Does Congressman Tim Holden Look out for?"
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|
|Poll||Tim Holden (D)||Matt Cartwright (D)||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(April 2-5, 2012)
|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|
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||$1,361,753|
|Matt Cartwright (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$-532||$219,939||$(107,092)||$112,314|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$112,314||$230,122||$(59,113)||$283,323|
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. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Cartwright spent $8.08 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 17, 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. 
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.
Cartwright most often votes with:
Cartwright least often votes with:
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.
Voting with party
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.
Matt and his wife Marion Munley Cartwright have two sons, Jack and Matthew. They live in Moosic.
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.
- Social media:
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
- National Journal "New Faces: Pennsylvania, 17th House District" Accessed November 20, 2012
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Project Votesmart, "Matt Cartwright Key Votes," accessed October 16, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
- Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- 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
- 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
- Federal Election Commission "Matt Cartwright's Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Matt Cartwright April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Matt Cartwright July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Matt Cartwright's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- GovTrack, "Matthew Cartwright," Accessed April 17, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Mike Cartwright," accessed August 22, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Matt Cartwright, (D-Pa), 2011"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Tim Holden (D)
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