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Pro-labor Congressman Matt Cartwright wins second term


NOVEMBER 2014, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Pro-labor Congressman Matt Cartwright wins second term


REGION, November 5th- Labor community endorsed incumbent Democratic United States House of Representative Matt Cartwright of Lackawanna County, easily won a second two-year term in the massive territory area of the 17th Legislative District. The district includes Northeastern Pennsylvania cities of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Easton of the Lehigh Valley.

Mr. Cartwright defeated Republican party challenger David Moylan, which had several challengers from the Lehigh Valley in the spring primary election for the Republican nomination, on November 4th by more than 20,000 votes and captured a second term in Washington DC of representing the 17th legislative district.

The district includes all or parts of Lackawanna, Luzerene, Carbon, Schuylkill and Northampton Counties of Pennsylvania.

Congressman Cartwright defeated incumbent Democratic Representative Tim Holden two years ago. Mr. Holden was a “blue dog” Democrat, meaning his voting record indicated he did not always support Democratic party legislation.

Mr. Holden voted against progressive initiatives such as housing finance reform and the American auto company loans. He had served for 20 years in Washington before being defeated by Mr. Cartwright.

However, since taking office Mr. Cartwright has voted for all progressive legislation and has supported all labor endorsed initiatives. He is regularly seen with labor community leaders and members and often visits with labor leaders from his district.