Matt Cartwright has spent his entire career sticking up for working people, first as a trial attorney and now as the Congressman in Pennsylvania’s Eighth District. He is a fighter for all hardworking northeastern Pennsylvanians, especially when it comes to protecting and expanding access to health care, and growing our local economy.
Matt was named one of the most effective Democrats in Congress for his ability to work across the aisle and get things done, and he helped deliver critically needed relief to Americans who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Matt is a strong advocate for better wages and economic security for middle class Americans; job-creating federal investments in northeastern Pennsylvania; high-quality care for our veterans; and protecting our environment for future generations.
Since taking office in 2013, Matt has introduced more legislation supported by both Democrats and Republicans than any other House Democrat. In 2019, the Center for Effective Lawmaking named him one of the most effective members of the U.S. House for his record of advancing real solutions to the biggest issues our nation faces. In the past few years, Matt has gotten bills signed into law by the president that protect low-income veterans from being scammed out of their hard-earned benefits, prevent government officials from using taxpayer dollars on personal expenses, and safeguard the rights of child pornography victims.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Matt played a pivotal role in crafting three bipartisan coronavirus relief packages that continue to help workers, families and small businesses amid this ongoing public health and economic crisis. In 2021, Matt is in line to take over as the chairman of a powerful Appropriations subcommittee, putting him in an even stronger position to support northeastern Pennsylvania’s economic recovery.
Matt lives in Moosic with his wife, Marion, and they have two sons, Jack and Matthew.