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U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright represents Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District and was first sworn into Congress on January 3, 2013. In Congress, Matt is committed to working across the aisle to advocate for working families. Matt’s priorities include strengthening the middle class, creating jobs, ensuring quality health care, protecting seniors, and supporting veterans and military families. A strong believer in working with members of both political parties, Matt has introduced more bills with Democratic and Republican support than any other House Democrat since he was first elected. That is one of the reasons he was named one of the most effective House Democrats by the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking.

A senior member of the powerful House Committee on Appropriations, Matt serves as the Ranking Member of the Commerce-Justice-Science Subcommittee and the second-highest Democrat on the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. This presents a phenomenal opportunity for him to bring home every penny of his region's fair share of federal tax dollars to Northeastern Pennsylvania and is the main reason he ran for Congress.  He was ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania two years in a row and No. 10 out 435 congressional districts in the country for securing federal dollars for his district.  

Local funding highlights include the expansion of medical and mental health services for women, children, families and the elderly; infrastructure upgrades in the form of water treatment, flood protection and paving projects; workforce development and job training; and new equipment, technology and operation centers for area police, firefighters and emergency responders. 

In the 118th Congress, he's more committed than ever to bringing federal funding home to drive regional economic growth, create jobs, fight crime, and provide much-needed public works projects.

Another of Matt's district priorities is restoring rail service from New York City to Scranton, PA., which Amtrak studies have shown will generate $87 million in new economic activity annually. His efforts include leading the formation of the Lackawanna Cut-Off Rail Restoration Caucus, a group of federal lawmakers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey with a focus on rebuilding 28 miles of track between Port Morris, New Jersey and Slateford, Pennsylvania. He also convened and continues to lead a bi-partisan, bi-state, bi-cameral coalition that includes nearly 50 federal, state, county and municipal leaders in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, along with economic development intermediaries in both states as well as officials from PennDOT, New Jersey Transit and the Pennsylvania Northeast Railroad Authority.

Dean of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Delegation, he is also a member of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee, which makes committee assignments for all House Democrats. Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, he is also the Co-Chair of the House Military Depot and Industrial Facilities Caucus, which advocates for American military depots, arsenals, ammunition plants, shipyards, energetic material production facilities and military industrial facilities throughout the nation and world, including Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Matt graduated magna cum laude with a history degree from Hamilton College in 1983. He earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986, where he was a member of law review.

Matt lives in Moosic with his wife, Marion. They have two sons, Jack and Matthew.