Rep. Matt Cartwright was sworn into Congress on January 3rd, 2013. In his first term serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, Cartwright has stepped forward as a leader, being elected Democratic Freshman Class Co-President by his colleagues. Further, Cartwright has introduced over a dozen pieces of legislation that aim to help seniors, veterans and the middle class, the vast majority of which have been introduced with bi-partisan support.
Cartwright was appointed to serve on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he is a Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs. Cartwright is also a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Prior to coming to Congress, Matt Cartwright worked as an attorney, with Munley, Munley & Cartwright for 25 years. Matt spent his time at the firm fighting for the middle class and for working families and is a proud member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.
Cartwright has dedicated his time to the community through volunteer work with the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, and with the Hope Center Legal Clinic. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Matt brought his firm in to take part in the Trial Lawyers Care project, volunteering in handling the cases of seven families before the Victims’ Compensation Fund, in New York City. In the wake of the “kids for cash” scandal in 2009, Matt spearheaded the Juvenile Defense Pro Bono Volunteer Lawyer Project in Luzerne County.
Cartwright is a magna cum laude graduate of Hamilton College, where he earned Bachelor of Arts in History in 1983. He is a Law Review graduate from University of Pennsylvania’s Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctorate in 1986.
Cartwright is married to Marion Munley Cartwright and is the father of two sons, Jack and Matthew. The Cartwrights live in Moosic.