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 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district as a Democrat from 2013 to 2018.
Read our 2019 Report Card for Cartwright.
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 Aug 7, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Matthew Cartwright sits on the following committees:
Cartwright was the primary sponsor of 4 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3122: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017
- H.R. 4963: Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018
- H.R. 1701 (115th): EGO Act
- H.R. 4904 (114th): MEGABYTE Act of 2016
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).
Cartwright sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Cartwright’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 7902: To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the authority of the ...
- H.R. 7899: To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide an incentive ...
- H.R. 7901: To require the Administrator for General Services to obtain an antivirus product to ...
- H.R. 7900: To amend the National Organ Transplant Act to clarify the definition of valuable ...
- H.R. 7827: To authorize funding for certain offices and programs of the Department of Energy, ...
- H.Res. 1065: Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to require a reading of ...
- H.R. 7738: To require the integration of climate-resilience considerations into all development work of the ...
From Jan 2013 to Jul 2020, Cartwright missed 88 of 4,618 roll call votes, which is 1.9%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% 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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