Co-Chairs

Congressman Matt Cartwright is Co-Chair of the DPCC. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District and was first sworn into Congress on January 3, 2013.  In Congress, Matt is committed to working across the aisle to advocate for working families.  Matt’s priorities include strengthening the middle class, creating jobs, ensuring quality health care, protecting seniors, and supporting veterans and military families.  Matt has introduced over 60 pieces of legislation and more bipartisan bills than any other House Democrat.

Matt serves on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, and is on the Appropriations Subcommittees for Commerce—Justice—Science and Financial Services & General Government.  He is also a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  Matt sits on the House Steering and Policy Committee, which advises House Democratic Leadership on policy and Committee appointments, and is a Regional Whip.

Prior to coming to Congress, Matt worked as an attorney with Munley, Munley & Cartwright for 25 years.  He spent his time at the firm fighting for working families, and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice.

Matt graduated magna cum laude with a history degree from Hamilton College in 1983.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986, where he was a member of law review.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell is Co-Chair of the DPCC. She represents the 12th District of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Before being elected to Congress, Debbie was the Chair of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors.  An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children.
For more than 30 years Debbie served one of Michigan’s largest employers, the General Motors (GM) Corporation, where she was President of the GM Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs.   In her commitment to job creation, Debbie led the effort to bring the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, a $20 million partnership designed to help create jobs and economic growth, to southeast Michigan. She is a past chair of the Manufacturing Initiative at the American Automotive Policy Council.
With values instilled by her Catholic education, Debbie’s activism took root in her passion for issues important to women and children.  She successfully fought to have women included in federally-funded health research, and advocated for greater awareness of issues directly related to women’s health, including breast cancer and women's heart health. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  She has served on numerous boards related to women’s issues including the advisory boards for the NIH Panel for Women’s Research, the Michigan Women's Economic Club, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the board of the Michigan Women's Foundation.  She was a co-founder of both the first Race for the Cures in Michigan and in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Ted Lieu is Co-Chair of the DPCC. He was elected to represent California’s 33rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives in 2014, succeeding retiring 40-year incumbent Henry Waxman. In his first term, Ted was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues.

In 2016, Congressman Lieu was reelected and currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He was also appointed as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus.

Ted is a former active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force and currently serves as a Colonel in the Reserves, stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

In Congress, Ted has established himself as a leader on the environment; cybersecurity; civil liberties; and veterans.

He has been an outspoken proponent for tackling climate change.  The first bill Ted introduced after coming to Congress was the Climate Solutions Act, which aims to make California’s ground-breaking renewable energy goals and climate emissions reduction targets a national model.

Ted has been a leader in Congress against ethnic and racial profiling, and discrimination against the LGBT community.  He serves as Whip of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Co-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Co-Chair of the Cloud Computing Caucus.

In his first term in Congress, seven pieces of legislation sponsored by Ted were signed into law.  This includes bills to provide housing for homeless Veterans and retrofit vacant buildings at the West LA VA campus; combat foreign propaganda and misinformation; and require more stringent cleaning instructions for medical devices.

Prior to serving in Congress, Ted was elected to the California State Senate in 2011 and the State Assembly in 2005.  Ted's legislative accomplishments include authoring landmark legislation regulating the subprime mortgage industry; a first-in-the-nation ban on gay conversion therapy for children; and a first-in-the-nation ban on the use of tanning beds for minors. Ted fought for California state tax reform that saved small businesses from millions in retroactive taxes, and tax incentives for film and TV production.  Ted also co-authored California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act and co-authored the law banning state pension funds from investing in Iran’s nuclear and energy industries.

Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history. He serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee, House Natural Resources Committee and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Before being elected to the DPCC, he served as the Freshman Class’s Co-Representative to Leadership.

Before his election, he served in the Governor of Colorado's Cabinet as the Executive Director of Colorado's consumer protection agency. As one of the youngest people to serve as a state-Cabinet secretary at age 31, he achieved key victories, including the recovery of millions of dollars for consumers, investigations culminating in significant financial-fraud cases, the championing of legislation to combat financial fraud against seniors, and the launch of the state’s first online filing system for civil rights discrimination complaints.   

Previously Rep. Neguse was elected to represent Colorado’s 2nd District on the University of Colorado Board of Regents. He also worked in the Colorado House of Representatives and co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization non-profit.

Over 40 years ago, Rep. Neguse’s parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. As hardworking immigrants and naturalized citizens, they never forgot nor took for granted the freedom and opportunities the United States gave them and their children. Their experience motivated Rep. Neguse to be an active participant in our democracy at an early age, and to give back through public service. Rep. Neguse's public service is rooted in his firm belief that we should be expanding—not restricting—opportunities for all Americans, and he has spent his career doing the same. His priorities in Congress include lowering health care costs and prescription drug prices, raising workers’ wages, ensuring greater accountability in government, protecting our treasured public lands, and fighting the existential threat of climate change.

Rep. Neguse and his wife Andrea live in Lafayette, Colorado where they are raising their young daughter, Natalie.