U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright was first sworn into Congress on January 3, 2013. During his time in the House of Representatives serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania and the eastern Lehigh Valley, Cartwright has stepped forward as a leader, having been elected class president in his first term and Regional Whip by his colleagues thereafter. Cartwright has introduced over 60 pieces of legislation that aim to help seniors, military families, veterans, students, workers, consumers, the middle class, and the environment – the majority of which were introduced with bipartisan support.
Cartwright serves on the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee for Oversight and Government Reform. He serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. Cartwright also serves on the House Steering and Policy Committee, which advises the House Democratic Leadership on policy and appoints other Democratic Members of Congress to House committees. Cartwright is a former member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
During his time in Congress, Cartwright has introduced more bipartisan bills than any other House Democrat. Introduced measures have proposed expanded rights and benefits for Americans who deserve more favorable treatment under the law. Cartwright’s legislative portfolio has also focused heavily on protecting the environment from exemptions and loopholes in fundamental environmental protection statutes and promoting equity for wage-grade federal workers at federal installations such as VA hospitals, federal prisons, and military depots.
Cartwright has been independently recognized as a leader in gaining cosponsorships and high-powered support within the House of Representatives for his bills. He has also been named a Moderate Democratic Leader in the House by a leading legislator ranking organization.
Prior to coming to Congress, Cartwright worked as an attorney with Munley, Munley & Cartwrig ht for 25 years. He spent his time at the firm fighting for the middle class and working families, and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.
Cartwright is a magna cum laude graduate of Hamilton College, where he earned Bachelor of Arts in History in 1983. He is a law review graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctorate in 1986.
Cartwright is married to Marion Munley Cartwright and is the father of two sons, Jack and Matthew. The Cartwrights live in Moosic.