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Rep. Matthew Cartwright’s 2016 Report Card

Representative from Pennsylvania's 17th District
Democrat
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Cartwright’s record during the 114th Congress (Jan 6, 2015-Jan 3, 2017) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Aug 24, 2017. The statistics were updated on Jan 20, 2017 and Aug 24, 2017 to improve how we counted enacted laws. Originally published on Jan 7, 2017.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Cartwright’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Powerful Cosponsors

the most bills among House Sophomores

14 of Cartwright’s bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 595: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography ...; H.R. 1460: FRESHER Act of 2015; H.R. 2804: SAFE Act; H.R. 2887: Time Off to Vote Act; H.R. 3000: A Necessary and Targeted Impediment ...; H.R. 3190: PREPARE Act of 2015; H.R. 3303: Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities ...; H.R. 3625: Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act ...; H.R. 3720: Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient ...; H.R. 3850: ASSURE Act of 2015; H.R. 4215: Closing Loopholes and Ending Arbitrary ...; H.R. 4904: MEGABYTE Act of 2016; H.R. 5423: SNAP Healthy Incentives Act of ...; H.R. 5500: Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
14 bills View All
House Sophomores the most bills out of 73 0
14 bills View All
House Democrats 4th most bills out of 191 0
19 bills View All
All Representatives 11th most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 439 0
20 bills View All
 

Ideology Score

the most liberal among Pennsylvania Delegation

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cartwright’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank most liberal ⇢ most conservative
Pennsylvania Delegation the most liberal out of 18
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House Sophomores 13th most liberal out of 73
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House Democrats 70th most liberal out of 191
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All Representatives 70th most liberal out of 439
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Writing Bipartisan Bills

2nd most bills among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 29 of Cartwright’s 65 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 114th Congress.

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
29 bills View All
House Sophomores the most bills out of 73 0
29 bills View All
House Democrats the most bills out of 191 0
29 bills View All
All Representatives 2nd most bills out of 439 0
30 bills View All
 

Leadership Score

2nd best score among House Democrats

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 114th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cartwright’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

compared to... rank worst score ⇢ best score
Pennsylvania Delegation the best score out of 18
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House Sophomores 2nd best score out of 73
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House Democrats 2nd best score out of 191
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All Representatives 26th best score out of 439
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Government Transparency

2nd most supportive among Pennsylvania Delegation

GovTrack looked at whether Cartwright supported any of 40 government transparency bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cartwright 4 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cosponsored: H.R. 430: DISCLOSE 2015 Act; H.R. 20: Government By the People Act ...; H.R. 653: FOIA Act; H.R. 5386: Presidential Tax Transparency Act

compared to... rank least supportive ⇢ most supportive
Pennsylvania Delegation 2nd most supportive out of 18 0
8 points View All
House Sophomores 15th most supportive (tied w/ 4) out of 73 0
10 points View All
House Democrats 58th most supportive (tied w/ 23) out of 191 0
17 points View All
All Representatives 67th most supportive (tied w/ 29) out of 439 0
17 points View All
 

Working with the Senate

2nd most bills among House Sophomores; tied with 1 other

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 9 of Cartwright’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 595: Amy and Vicky Child Pornography ...; H.R. 1100: Military Spouse Job Continuity Act ...; H.R. 1565: Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit ...; H.R. 2296: Job Creation through Energy Efficient ...; H.R. 2648: Truth in Settlements Act of ...; H.R. 3959: Innovate America Act; H.R. 4792: To update the oil and ...; H.R. 5500: Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act; H.R. 5655: Addiction Prevention and Responsible Opioid ...

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
9 bills View All
House Sophomores 2nd most bills (tied w/ 1) out of 73 0
10 bills View All
House Democrats 8th most bills (tied w/ 3) out of 191 0
13 bills View All
All Representatives 12th most bills (tied w/ 9) out of 439 0
16 bills View All

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.

 

Cosponsors

3rd most cosponsors among All Representatives

Cartwright’s bills and resolutions had 1,455 cosponsors in the 114th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest cosponsors ⇢ most cosponsors
Pennsylvania Delegation the most cosponsors out of 18 0
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Sophomores the most cosponsors out of 73 1
1,455 cosponsors View All
House Democrats 3rd most cosponsors out of 191 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
All Representatives 3rd most cosponsors out of 439 0
1,647 cosponsors View All
 

Bills Introduced

4th most bills among All Representatives

Cartwright introduced 65 bills and resolutions in the 114th Congress. View Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the most bills out of 18 0
65 bills View All
House Sophomores the most bills out of 73 2
65 bills View All
House Democrats 4th most bills out of 191 0
106 bills View All
All Representatives 4th most bills out of 439 0
106 bills View All
 

Bills Out of Committee

5th fewest bills among Pennsylvania Delegation; tied with 2 others

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cartwright introduced 1 bill in the 114th Congress that got a committee vote sending it to the floor for further consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 4904: MEGABYTE Act of 2016

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 5th fewest bills (tied w/ 2) out of 18 0
9 bills View All
House Sophomores 18th fewest bills (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
24 bills View All
House Democrats 51st most bills (tied w/ 58) out of 191 0
6 bills View All
All Representatives 116th fewest bills (tied w/ 100) out of 439 0
24 bills View All
 

Laws Enacted

5th most bills among Pennsylvania Delegation; tied with 5 others

Cartwright introduced 1 bill that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 114th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 4904: MEGABYTE Act of 2016

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation 5th most bills (tied w/ 5) out of 18 0
8 View All
House Sophomores 10th most bills (tied w/ 23) out of 73 0
5 View All
House Democrats 25th most bills (tied w/ 60) out of 191 0
4 View All
All Representatives 79th most bills (tied w/ 144) out of 439 0
8 View All

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.

 

Bills Cosponsored

17th most bills among All Representatives

Cartwright cosponsored 597 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank fewest bills ⇢ most bills
Pennsylvania Delegation the most bills out of 18 2
597 bills View All
House Sophomores 4th most bills out of 73 136
703 bills View All
House Democrats 17th most bills out of 191 2
1,007 bills View All
All Representatives 17th most bills out of 439 1
1,007 bills View All
 

Missed Votes

29th most absent among House Sophomores; tied with 3 others

Cartwright missed 2.3% of votes (31 of 1,325 votes) in the 114th Congress. View Cartwright’s Profile »

compared to... rank most voting ⇢ most absent
Pennsylvania Delegation 8th most absent out of 18 0
7% missed votes View All
House Sophomores 29th most absent (tied w/ 3) out of 73 0
19% missed votes View All
All Representatives 206th most absent (tied w/ 6) out of 432 0
29% missed votes View All

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.

 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

78th most bipartisan among All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 597 bills that Cartwright cosponsored, 32% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

compared to... rank least bipartisan ⇢ most bipartisan
Pennsylvania Delegation 4th most bipartisan out of 17 8
40% of bills View All
House Sophomores 23rd most bipartisan out of 73 6
59% of bills View All
House Democrats 72nd most bipartisan out of 189 3
69% of bills View All
All Representatives 78th most bipartisan out of 435 1
69% of bills View All

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.

 

Committee Positions

Cartwright held a leadership position on 0 committees and 0 subcommittees, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. For comparison to other Members of Congress, we assigned a score giving five points for each full committee leadership position and one point for each subcommittee leadership position. View Cartwright’s Profile »

compared to... rank lowest score ⇢ highest score
Pennsylvania Delegation lowest score along with 7 others out of 18 0
7 points View All
House Sophomores lowest score along with 47 others out of 73 0
2 points View All
House Democrats lowest score along with 73 others out of 191 0
10 points View All
All Representatives lowest score along with 169 others out of 439 0
11 points View All

Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 114th Congress) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.