Cartwright Among Most Effective Democrats In Congress
WASHINGTON – Representative Matt Cartwright remains one of the most effective Democrats in the U.S. Congress, according to a new report released last week by the Center for Effective Lawmaking (CEL).
During the 115th Congress, which spanned from January 2017 through the first days of 2019, Cartwright was the fourth most effective Democrat in the House of Representatives, according to a CEL score that measures each member’s productivity.
It was the third consecutive term in which Cartwright –who currently represents Pennsylvania’s Eighth District– exceeded expectations as a lawmaker. In fact, the congressman was one of about a dozen members “who have been in the 'Exceeds Expectations' category for their entire congressional careers,” according to the CEL report, which was released on Feb. 27.
“I'm thankful for this recognition, and I'm blessed to keep working hard for the people of northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Cartwright.
The CEL score is based on 15 separate metrics, which include the bills each member has sponsored, how far those bills moved along the legislative process, and the importance of the issues they seek to tackle.
The report highlights how Democrats were effectively able to work across the aisle and advance policy in the 115th Congress, even before their party won back the House in last year’s midterm election. “Whereas most members of the minority party struggle to even receive a hearing on most of their bills within Congress, those on this list achieved successes on a broad range of substantive issues,” the report says.