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Rep. Matthew Cartwright

Representative for Pennsylvania’s 8th District

pronounced MATH-yoo // KAHRT-rīt

Cartwright is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Cartwright is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2018.

Photo of Rep. Matthew Cartwright [D-PA8]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Cartwright.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Cartwright is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Cartwright has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 16, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Matthew Cartwright sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Cartwright was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:

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Does 4 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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

Cartwright sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Education (14%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Environmental Protection (13%) Energy (12%) Labor and Employment (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Cartwright voted Yea

Passed 241/183 on Jan 19, 2018.

H.R. 4712 establishes requirements for health care practitioners to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion ...

Cartwright voted Yea

Passed 243/184 on Jan 18, 2018.

H.R. 2954 amends the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act of 1975 (HMDA) to exempt from maintenance of mortgage loan records and disclosure requirements depository institutions that ...

Cartwright voted Yea

Passed 228/195 on Jun 29, 2017.

H.R. 3003 strengthens current law to combat dangerous sanctuary policies that shield unlawful and criminal immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. Specifically, the bill clarifies U.S. ...

Cartwright voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Cartwright voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of ...

Cartwright voted Yea

Passed 248/177 on Sep 18, 2015.

H.R. 3504 would require that a child born alive during an attempted abortion be given the same medical treatment as any other child born at ...

Cartwright voted No

Cartwright voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Cartwright voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Cartwright voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Cartwright voted Aye

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Sep 2019, Cartwright missed 72 of 4,270 roll call votes, which is 1.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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