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Matt CartwrightDEMDemocrat United States Representative, PA-8
61
Years of Age
9
Years of Experience
PAResidence (state)

Matthew Alton Cartwright (born May 1, 1961) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the U.S. representative from Pennsylvania's 8th congressional district since 2013. The district, numbered as the 17th district from 2013 through 2019, includes a large swath of northeastern Pennsylvania, anchored by Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and the Poconos. A member of the Democratic Party, Cartwright defeated 10-term incumbent Blue Dog Tim Holden, the dean of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation, in the Democratic primary on April 24, 2012, by a 57%–43% margin. Cartwright went on to defeat Republican Laureen Cummings in the general election on November 6, 2012, by a 61%–39% margin. As an attorney, Cartwright previously worked at the law firm of Munley, Munley, and Cartwright.

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Campaign Funding

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$2,396,418
Total Raised
$2,527,688
Total Spent
$429,799
Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
99%
Lawyers/Law Firms$612,700
27%
Leadership PACs$166,313
16%
Candidate Committees$97,000
16%
Public Sector Unions$97,000
11%
Transportation Unions$66,750
10%
Health Professionals$64,560
10%
Building Trade Unions$64,500
10%
Industrial Unions$62,518
8%
Securities & Investment$50,400
8%
Insurance$50,315
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.

Largest Contributors

Funding generally from an organization's PAC or its members/employees. Organizations did not donate directly.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education6 - 6 of 4
University of Pennsylvania School of Law
JD
1986
Hamilton College
BA History
1979 - 1983
London School of Economics and Political Science
Attended
1981 - 1982
Upper Canada College
Graduated
1979
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania
2019 - Current
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania
2012 - 2018
Regional Whip
United States House of Representatives
Partner
Munley, Munley and Cartwright, Professional Corporation
1988 - 2012
Co-Author
Litigating Business and Commercial Tort Cases
2011 - Current
On-Air Legal Analyst
WBRE-TV, Nexstar Broadcasting Group
2005 - 2011
Associate Attorney
Litigation Department, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, Limited Liability Partnership
1986 - 1989
Other Experience1 - 18 of 18
Member
Board of Governors, American Association for Justice
2009 - 2011
Member
International Society of Barristers
2008 - Current
District Governor
Rotary International District 7410
2001 - 2002
Elected Delegate
Democratic National Convention
1992
Associate Editor
University of Pennsylvania Law Review
1984 - 1986
Member
Phi Beta Kappa
1983 - Current
Volunteer
Hope Center Legal Clinic
Volunteer
Boy Scouts of America
Volunteer
Victims' Compensation Fund
Member
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Current
Former Member
Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on the Interior, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Oversight and Reform Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the United States, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Natural Resources Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Federal Lands, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives