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Rep. Matthew Cartwright’s 2018 Report Card

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


These statistics cover Cartwright’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

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.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the most bills compared to House Democrats

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 32 of Cartwright’s 67 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Cartwright caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Democrats (100th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Wrote the most laws compared to Pennsylvania Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Cartwright introduced 3 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th 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. 1701: EGO Act; H.R. 3122: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act ...; H.R. 4963: Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Democrats (92nd percentile); All Representatives (81st percentile).

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. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Ranked 2nd most liberal compared to 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 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Cartwright’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (6th percentile); House Democrats (59th percentile); All Representatives (27th percentile).


 

Introduced the 3rd most bills compared to All Representatives

Cartwright introduced 67 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Democrats (99th percentile); All Representatives (99th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 9th most bills compared to All Representatives (tied with 2 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 10 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. 855: SAVINGS Act; H.R. 1819: Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act; H.R. 2197: To require the Secretary of ...; H.R. 2675: Truth in Settlements Act of ...; H.R. 2931: Community Economic Assistance Act of ...; H.R. 3122: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act ...; H.R. 3696: Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act; H.R. 3782: Climate Change Health Protection and ...; H.R. 5865: Addiction Prevention and Responsible Opioid ...; H.R. 7192: Early Warning Reporting System Improvement ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Democrats (96th percentile); All Representatives (97th percentile).

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


 

Got the 16th most cosponsors on their bills compared to All Representatives

Cartwright’s bills and resolutions had 965 cosponsors in the 115th 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 »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (89th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (96th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 11th most often compared to House Democrats (tied with 11 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Cartwright introduced 5 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 627: Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools ...; H.R. 1701: EGO Act; H.R. 3122: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act ...; H.R. 4177: PREPARE Act of 2017; H.R. 4963: Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (56th percentile); House Democrats (89th percentile); All Representatives (68th percentile).


 

Ranked the 18th top leader compared to 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 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Cartwright’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (83rd percentile); House Democrats (91st percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 17th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

11 of Cartwright’s bills and resolutions in the 115th 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. 855: SAVINGS Act; H.R. 1464: National Institute of Standards and ...; H.R. 1819: Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act; H.R. 1912: Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act ...; H.R. 2000: CLEANER Act of 2017; H.R. 2001: FRESHER Act of 2017; H.R. 2197: To require the Secretary of ...; H.R. 3248: Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient ...; H.R. 4177: PREPARE Act of 2017; H.R. 6238: Public Service Freedom to Negotiate ...; H.R. 6807: Coal Royalty Fairness and Communities ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (94th percentile); House Democrats (95th percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 75th most often compared to All Representatives

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 452 bills that Cartwright cosponsored, 33% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Democrat. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (61st percentile); House Democrats (69th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).

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


 

Cosponsored the 79th most bills compared to All Representatives

Cartwright cosponsored 452 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (78th percentile); House Democrats (62nd percentile); All Representatives (82nd percentile).


 

Was 82nd most present in votes compared to All Representatives (tied with 6 others)

Cartwright missed 1.0% of votes (12 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Cartwright’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (28th percentile); All Representatives (19th percentile).

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.


 

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. View Cartwright’s Profile »

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (0th percentile); House Democrats (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Cartwright supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Cartwright 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Cartwright cosponsored H.R. 4396: ME TOO Congress Act; H.Res. 630: Requiring each Member, officer, and ...

Compare to all Pennsylvania Delegation (39th percentile); House Democrats (38th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


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.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

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 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.