Committee Assignments: Natural Resources and House Oversight and Government Reform
Contacts: Chief of Staff: R. Hunter Ridgeway Deputy COS: Shane Seaver Legislative Director: Jeremy Marcus
Experience: Rep. Cartwright has served as an attorney for the last 24 years representing clients on consumer protection and business-related issues such as contracts, predatory lending practices and auditing malpractice. He is an outspoken opponent of the Tea Party and claimed to be from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party during his primary race against Rep. Tim Holden, a moderate Democrat.
Importance: On January 7th, Rep. Cartwright was elected to serve as co-president of this year’s class of Democratic freshmen along with Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas. He has stated that he does not believe that economic development and environmental protection are mutually exclusive, and he has voiced support for increased regulatory oversight of hydraulic fracturing. His stated top priorities are winning increased infrastructure funding and repeal of a 2005 law that stripped the EPA of its authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing–he refers to it regularly as the “Halliburton loophole.” Cartwright has promised to amend the Safe Water Drinking Act to increase disclosure of chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing. His position on the Natural Resources Committee and his legal training along with the highly charged politics surrounding resource extraction in parts of PA put him in a position to be a strong and legitimate advocate for increased environmental regulation of energy production activities.