Meet Matt Cartwright’s New Team

The beliefs and convictions of a member of Congress are important determinant of his or her votes. But effectiveness? That depends on the staff he or she assembles. Here is the official team of newly-minted Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna).

This is the first of three features on Pa.’s newest members of Congress. Stay tuned for freshmen Reps. Scott Perry (R-York) and Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny).

Hunter Ridgway

Ridgway, via the LuLac Political Letter

Chief of Staff: Hunter Ridgway
Home: Jackson, Mississippi
College: University of Virginia
Ridgway, 51, is from the Deep South, born in Mississippi and lived in Tennessee and Alabama, but he considers himself “from” DC and has worked for Northeast Democrats his entire career. For most of it, he served as chief of staff for a Massachusetts congressman, John Olver, who also was the top Democrat on the transportation appropriations subcommittee.

Legislative Director: Jeremy Marcus
Home: Brookline, MA
College: Stanford University
Marcus moved to Washington, D.C. after serving as a Presidential Management Fellow. He has worked for Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) and John Kerry (D-MA), and two members of Congress, serving most recently as Legislative Director for Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO).

Communications Director: Shane Seaver
Home: Valley Forge, PA
College: James Madison University
Seaver managed Cartwright’s campaign from the start, including his improbable primary win. He’s worked on a plethora of Democratic campaigns previously.

Scheduler: Daniela Amodei
Home: San Francisco, CA
College: University of California, Santa Cruz
Amodei was a member of Cartwright’s campaign handling all field related activities and working out of the Scranton Campaign office and has an extensive background in policy and non-profit work.

District Director: Bob Morgan
Home: Mountain Top, PA
College: King’s College
Morgan has spent the last 25 years in financial services where he was responsible for providing investment and client relationship services to individuals and institutions. He has been active in Luzerne County politics and brings a wealth of organizational and personnel management skills to the team.

Senior Economic Development Specialist: Bill Hanley
Home: Pottsville, PA
College: University of Scranton
Hanley worked with Rep. Tim Holden (D-Schuylkill) for the last 20 years and will handle special projects including grant writing for the district.

11 thoughts on “Meet Matt Cartwright’s New Team

  1. To Jeremy Marcus
    I have posted a comment on our energy policy. org. If you wish to know more contact me at the e-mail address above. I leave you with the following idea, The best way to kill something you do not like to to make it uneconomic in the market place. If you do not like fossil fuels then make them uneconomic and that may be possible

    Respectfully yours. Bruce Best

  2. U.S. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) & senator David Vitter (R-La) have co-sponsored a bill to set congressional term limits. In 1947 the U.S. congress passed a bill to amend our constitution limiting the serving time of a president to 2 four year terms. That XXII amendment was ratified in 1951 and has been in effect ever since. It’s ashamed that congress didn’t have the foresight or gumption to set term limits for senators & members of the house. In my mind senators should be limited to 2 six year terms and house members to 3 two year terms. This is sufficient time to accomplish what needs to be done for their constituency—–which by the way is the reason they elected in the first place. It’s going to be a “ tough row to hoe ” because nobody likes to vote themselves out of a job. With a lot of freshmen in Washington there should be a good jump start on it. Convincing some of the old-timers ( many of whom won’t re-elected many more times anyway ) would be a step in the right direction. do something now for the good of America and all Americans. Get all elected officials together & get all Americans behind them to give them senator support. Let’s get the job done and put term limits into place

  3. He’s put together a nice staff. I think they’ll hit the ground running, combining DC effectiveness with hometown responsiveness. I met Hunter last week and was thoroughly impressed. Good luck to the staff, although I don’t think you’ll need any. You will do fine.

  4. Mike Szustak worked hard on the Cartwright campaign! It is a shame he was missed on this article. Mike will be a good aide to Matt. This staff is really coming together.

  5. Lois, We have hired five women this week. Hiring staff for a Congressional Office is an ongoing process.

  6. Where are the women, except in the traditional scheduler’s job? What does this say about his views on women in general? Will he fight for equal opportunity? Will he defend reproductive rights? Will these issues even get any attention from this staff?

  7. Westernpademo-

    I never met him. He’s certainly experienced; etc., and I’m sure he’s certainly (obviously) more of a D.C. Pick, but he may have to brush up on the District a little. Im sure He’s Great. I’d pick all my people from my District (Personal preference).

  8. I met Hunter Ridgeway during the final days of the election. One of the nicest and most professional people I have ever met. Mr. Cartwright is very lucky to have him.

  9. I’m not particularly a fan of hiring out-of-staters. I’d hire as many as I could from my district.

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