The keynote speaker, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D­-PA), was first sworn into Congress in 2013 to represent the 17th District. Following re-districting, he won election last November to serve the newly created 8th District, which includes all of Wayne, Pike and Lackawanna Counties and portions of Luzerne and Monroe Counties. Cartwright is a member of the House Appropriaitons Committee and the House Democratic Leadership, including co­-chairing the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee. He serves as vice-chair on the Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services & General Government, and Military Construction-VA Appropriations Subcommittees.