SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Trump victory means for the first time in a decade, Republicans have control of the presidency and both houses of Congress. It’s going to be a lonely place for Democrats. Just ask Congressman Matt Cartwright.
Following Tuesday’s election, U.S. Representative Matt Carwright had reason to celebrate. Voters gave the Democrat something they didn’t give to Hillary Clinton or many other Democratic candidates on the federal ballot — the right to serve in Washington. “It’s an honor and I’m gratified to have been elected to a third term,” he said.
This term will be unlike the first two. While Cartwright served during a Republican majority in Congress, there was at least a Democrat in the White House. Now, even the presidency is Republican.
Congressman Cartwright says he’s managed to reach across the aisle to help build political unity in Washington. With Republican Donald Trump in the White House, it may take a greater effort. As he told supporters, the lawmaker from Moosic plans to defy partisan politics. “I pledge to continue doing what I pledged to do when I first ran and that is work with the other side, work with the Republicans.”
He points to an accomplishment no other Democratic lawmaker in Washington can claim. “I’ve introduced the most bipartisan bills in the congress of any democrat in the last four years.”
He says one of the keys is treating all public servants as people first. “Much later in the conversation, we find out what party we belong to and we look for the good in people and we see it, we find it and I do that. I bring those values of northeastern Pennsylvania with me down to Washington.” He’ll find out just how effective that philosophy will be come January.
Cartwright will serve in the 115th Congress when federal lawmakers meet the first week of January which is two weeks before President-Elect Trump takes office.