Congressman Matt Cartwright was sworn into Congress on January 3rd, 2013. In his first term serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, Cartwright has stepped forward as a leader, being elected Democratic Freshman Class Co-President, and Regional Whip by his colleagues.
Cartwright was selected to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he is a Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs. Cartwright is also a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Cartwright has introduced a leading-number of pieces of legislation, the majority of which have been introduced with bipartisan support. Introduced bills have proposed expanded rights and benefits for veterans, seniors, consumers, and college students, among others. Cartwright’s legislative portfolio has also focused heavily on protecting the environment from exemptions and loopholes in fundamental environmental protections statutes and promoting equity for wage-grade federal workers at federal installations like, for example, VA hospitals, federal prisons, and military depots. He has been independently recognized as a leader in gaining cosponsorships and high-powered support within the House of Representatives for his bills.
Prior to coming to Congress, Matt Cartwright worked as an attorney, with Munley, Munley & Cartwright for 25 years. Matt spent his time at the firm fighting for the middle class and for working families and was a proud 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 from 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.