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Legislative Metrics

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Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gerlach is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2014 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Gerlach sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Gerlach was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gerlach sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Foreign Trade and International Finance (45%)Taxation (30%)Health (12%)International Affairs (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Gerlach’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gerlach’s VoteVote Description
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Nay H.R. 6190 (112th): Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012
Dec 12, 2012. Failed 229/182.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.Con.Res. 43 (112th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of ...
Apr 14, 2011. Passed 243/178.
Nay H.Con.Res. 30 (112th): Providing for a conditional adjournment of the House of Representatives and a conditional recess or adjournment of ...
Mar 15, 2011. Passed 232/197.
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Yea H.Res. 1184 (111th): Congratulating the 2009-2010 University of Maryland Men’s Basketball Team, Greivis Vasquez, and Coach Gary Williams on an ...
Mar 17, 2010. Passed 279/132.
Aye H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
Yea H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2003 to Dec 2014, Gerlach missed 308 of 8,776 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2014. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
2003 Jan-Mar9400.0%0th
2003 Apr-Jun23931.3%37th
2003 Jul-Sep19310.5%19th
2003 Oct-Dec15121.3%32nd
2004 Jan-Mar10476.7%68th
2004 Apr-Jun221188.1%87th
2004 Jul-Sep161148.7%81st
2004 Oct-Dec5835.2%61st
2005 Jan-Mar9033.3%48th
2005 Apr-Jun27231.1%36th
2005 Jul-Sep14621.4%42nd
2005 Oct-Dec16363.7%61st
2006 Jan-Mar8111.2%41st
2006 Apr-Jun2763111.2%97th
2006 Jul-Sep15900.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec2727.4%65th
2007 Jan-Mar21320.9%35th
2007 Apr-Jun393174.3%79th
2007 Jul-Sep31741.3%31st
2007 Oct-Dec26331.1%23rd
2008 Jan-Mar14964.0%54th
2008 Apr-Jun3213210.0%88th
2008 Jul-Sep20500.0%0th
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17400.0%0th
2009 Apr-Jun30382.6%55th
2009 Jul-Sep268197.1%90th
2009 Oct-Dec2464417.9%97th
2010 Jan-Mar19552.6%44th
2010 Apr-Jun21983.7%63rd
2010 Jul-Sep15164.0%70th
2010 Nov-Dec9933.0%42nd
2011 Jan-Mar21273.3%82nd
2011 Apr-Jun28100.0%0th
2011 Jul-Sep24720.8%35th
2011 Oct-Dec20852.4%56th
2012 Jan-Mar15110.7%24th
2012 Apr-Jun29931.0%40th
2012 Jul-Sep15210.7%33rd
2012 Nov-Dec5159.8%81st
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8911.1%40th
2013 Apr-Jun21531.4%42nd
2013 Jul-Sep20031.5%50th
2013 Oct-Dec13742.9%62nd
2014 Jan-Mar14874.7%74th
2014 Apr-Jun21910.5%23rd
2014 Jul-Sep14774.8%78th
2014 Nov-Dec49510.2%90th

Primary Sources

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Matthew Alton Cartwright (born May 1, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who has served as the United States Representative for Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district since 2013. The district includes a large swath of northeastern Pennsylvania, including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Easton. A member of the Democratic Party, Cartwright defeated 10-term incumbent Blue DogTim 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.[1] As an attorney, Cartwright previously worked at the law firm of Munley, Munley, and Cartwright.

Early life and education[edit]

Cartwright was born on May 1, 1961 in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of Alton S. Cartwright and Adelaide Cartwright. Matt Cartwright attended Upper Canada College (Toronto), graduating in 1979, before going on to earn a magna cum laude Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Hamilton College in 1983,[2] where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Cartwright studied law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He served two years as an Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1986.[3] In 1981, Cartwright attended the London School of Economics[4] where he met his future wife, Marion Munley. After graduating law school, both Munley and Cartwright joined the Munley family's law firm in the Scranton area.[1][citation needed]

Law career[edit]

For twenty-five years, Cartwright worked as an attorney and partner at Munley, Munley and Cartwright, a Scranton firm specializing in representation of consumers and small businesses in personal and business litigation.[5] He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1986 and in 2005 was further admitted to the Bar of New York. In 2008, Cartwright was inducted into the International Society of Barristers.[6]

Cartwright served from 2009 to 2012 as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.[7] Between 2005 and 2011, Cartwright was the on-air legal analyst for The Law & You. In the segment, aired nightly as part of NBC affiliate WBRE-TV's evening newscast, he fielded viewer questions on legal matters.[8] In 2011, Cartwright co-authored the legal treatise Litigating Commercial and Business Tort Cases published by Thomson Reuters.[9]

During the 1992 presidential election, Cartwright was an Elected Delegate for candidate Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, representing Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district.[10][11] In 2001-2002, he served as District Governor for Rotary International District 7410, covering northeastern Pennsylvania.[12] On November 5, 2010, the Boy Scouts of America's Northeastern Pennsylvania Council presented Cartwright with its Silver Beaver Award for volunteer service to that organization.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2012 § District 17

Pennsylvania Republicans, who controlled the redistricting process after the 2010 United States Census, significantly altered Holden's 17th district. The old 17th had been based in Harrisburg, but the new 17th had been pushed well to the north and east. In the process, it absorbed heavily Democratic Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, previously in the 11th District.[14] Had the district existed in 2008, Barack Obama would have carried it with 56 percent of the vote; by comparison John McCain carried the old 17th with 51 percent of the vote.

It was widely believed that Holden, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, would face a tough fight to secure re-election in the primary. Not only was the district significantly bluer than its predecessor, but it was located in territory that he did not know and did not know him. The only portion of the district that had been in the old 17th was Holden's home in Schuylkill County, with the majority of Democratic primary voters located in counties considered more favorable to Cartwright's candidacy.[15][16] During the primary, Cartwright described himself as being from "the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party" — a line often employed by Howard Dean and Paul Wellstone.[17] He was supported by MoveOn.org, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Campaign for Primary Accountability.[18][19] Cartwright ran as a self-professed "FDR Democrat", and as an ally of President Obama on taxes and health care reform, and pledged to work with U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr., also of Scranton, on regulations for safety in fracking. Cartwright also benefited in the race from endorsements from popular local public figures like State RepresentativePhyllis Mundy and former Scranton mayor Jimmy Connors.

Holden's opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and his support of energy legislation that included the Halliburton loophole are believed to have contributed to his defeat.[20]

On April 24, 2012, Cartwright defeated Holden by 57%-43% in the primary.[21]

In the November general election, Cartwright faced Republican nurse Laureen Cummings, a leader of the Scranton Tea Party. On November 6, Cartwright defeated Cummings, 61%–39% to become the district's next congressman.[22]

On January 4, 2013, Cartwright was selected by his peers to serve as a class president of the 49 new Democratic members of the 113th Congress.[23][24]

On March 28, 2014, Cartwright was named a "moderate Democratic leader" in the U.S. House by the independent legislative watchdog GovTrack.us.[25]


On November 4, 2014, Cartwright won a second term, defeating Republican challenger David Moylan, M.D., the elected Coroner of Schuylkill County, PA by 13.6 points.[26]


On November 8, 2016, Cartwright won his third term, defeating Republican challenger Matthew Connolly, a businessman from Northampton County, PA by seven points.[27]


Donald Trump won the 17th district while Cartwright won re-election by his lowest margin (7 points). [28][29] The DCCC has include Cartwright on their "frontline" list. [30] The NRCC has include Cartwright on their target list as well. [31] Despite this, the district is rated as Likely D, meaning it is expected that Cartwright will win re-election. [32]



Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post wrote on November 3, 2013, that Cartwright was elected largely based on the Affordable Care Act "because the veteran moderate Democrat he challenged in a primary voted against it." According to O'Keefe, "Cartwright spent his first year in office preparing constituents for 'the ACA'."[33]

In May 2017, Cartwright voted against President Trump's American Health Care Act.[34] Cartwright said in January 2018 that he continued to support the Affordable Care Act.[35]


In July 2015, Cartwright voted against a bill, that would have withdrawn certain funding from sanctuary cities. In June 2017, however, Cartwright was one of three Democrats who joined the 228-195 majority voting to cut off some federal grants from sanctuary cities.[36] He co-sponsored legislation to protect the "Dreamers," people who entered the country illegally as children.[37] When President Trump ordered a temporary limit on immigration from certain countries, Cartwright criticized the order.[38]

Good Government

Cartwright supports good-government legislation, and has introduced bills involving transparency and efficiency. On April 12, 2016, he introduced H.R. 4904, the MEGABYTE Act, to reduce duplication of computer software procurement by the federal government. The bill passed in the U.S. House on June 7, 2016, and passed the U.S. Senate on July 14, 2016. It was signed by the President on July 29, 2016.[39]

Cartwright supports reducing defense spending.[40] He also has described education as the only method of truly alleviating poverty.[40] He supports stricter enforcement of prohibitions against gender based discrimination in wages.[40]


Cartwright supports increasing the income tax on the highest incomes.[40] He also believes the current tax system in place gives too many breaks to Americans in the highest tax brackets.[40] He describes the middle class as being "under assault" and seeks to alter the tax system to allow the middle-class to carry less of a burden.[40]

Cartwright has criticized the Trump tax cut, saying that it gave taxpayers little relief while adding huge sums to the national debt.[41]


Cartwright has stated that promoting family-sustaining jobs is his "No. 1 message."[42] He has introduced several bills to promote American manufacturing, including H.R. 2296, the Job Creation through Energy Efficiency Manufacturing Act,[43] and H.R. 5812, the bipartisan Innovate America Act, which includes a manufacturing assistance program for small- and medium-sized American manufacturing companies.[44]


To combat global warming, Cartwright supports implementing cap-and-trade emission standards for companies to encourage lowering emissions.[40] Although he believes American energy production and American economic growth are linked, he does not believe environment-friendly methods should be ruled out.[45] He supports investments in sustainable "green" energy productions with fewer emissions.[45] He also supports further forest conservation and is committed to keep water sources clean through repealing legislation allowing companies to pollute water supplies.[45]

On February 26, 2014, Cartwright introduced the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014 (H.R. 4092; 113th Congress), a bill that would require the United States Department of Energy to establish a centralized clearinghouse to disseminate information on federal programs, incentives, and mechanisms for financing energy-efficient retrofits and upgrades at schools.[46][47] Cartwright argued that "the bill is a strategic and cost-saving investment to relieve the fiscal pressure felt by schools across the country while bringing us closer to energy security." Cartwright's bill passed unanimously out of the Energy and Commerce Committee on April 30, 2014.[48] It passed the full House of Representatives on June 23, 2014.[49]

Gun Control

Cartwright is in favor of more gun safety laws.[40] During his first month in office he co-sponsored four bills involving gun control.[50] He opposes gun-makers' legal immunity after a crime has occurred, as does he oppose assault rifle sales.[50]

Marriage Equality

He supports same-sex marriages[40] and stated "there's no reason to discriminate against gay people."[51] He does not believe religious leaders should be mandated to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies.[51]


Cartwright describes himself as a moderate on abortion.[40]

Net neutrality

Cartwright supports net neutrality.[52]

Committee assignments[edit]

He is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[53]

Personal life[edit]

Cartwright married Marion Munley in 1985.[54] They live in Moosic, Pennsylvania with their two sons Jack and Matt.[55]

Electoral history[edit]

DemocraticMatt Cartwright161,39360.3
RepublicanLaureen Cummings106,20839.7
Total votes267,601100
DemocraticMatt Cartwright (Incumbent)93,68056.76
RepublicanDavid Moylan71,37143.94
Total votes165,051100
DemocraticMatt Cartwright (Incumbent)157,73453.80
RepublicanMatt Connolly135,43046.20
Total votes293,164100


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  17. ^Joseph, Cameron (January 25, 2012). "Holden gets primary challenge in Pa". The Hill. 
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