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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania

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Cartwright Named a Legislative Leader by Watchdog Group

Mar 28, 2014
Press Release

Washington – Today, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright was named a “moderate Democratic leader” in the U.S. Congress by GovTrack, an independent government watchdog group.

Representatives are rated according to their ability to persuade other Members of Congress to cosponsor their legislation.  Approximately the top 20 percent of legislators are designated “Leaders,” about 60 percent are termed “Rank-and-file” members, and the final 20 percent are designated as “Followers.”

Nearly all of the Democratic House “Leaders” have been in office for more than 14 years. GovTrack designated Cartwright a “Leader” after him only serving 1¼ years.

“I am proud to represent the 17th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.  Northeastern Pennsylvania is entitled to the best representation in Congress, and I am working at it,” said Cartwright.

In its 2013 Report Card, GovTrack ranked Cartwright as number one amongst his 76 first-term colleagues in several categories, including: Leadership, Number of Bills Introduced, and Percentage of Bills with Bipartisan Cosponsors.  According to the group, 64 percent of Cartwright’s bills during his first year were bipartisan.