The Democracy Scorecard

IN 1970, JOHN W. GARDNER, a Republican whose sense of duty to country over party led him to serve in the cabinet in the administration of a Democratic president, had a simple but powerful idea: citizens engaged in the democratic process can make a difference. “We want public officials to have literally millions of American citizens looking over their shoulders at every move they make,” Gardner wrote. “We want phones to ring in Washington and state capitols and town halls. We want people watching and influencing every move that government makes.”

Gardner’s letter launched Common Cause; his idea continues to animate our work, including this 2018 Democracy Scorecard. This Scorecard is geared to help amplify the voices of everyday Americans who have been silenced by big money in politics, voter suppression tactics, and other schemes to block people from participating in our democracy. Common Cause’s 2018 Democracy Scorecard reflects a commitment to ensuring that all Americans’ voices can be heard in our government and that everyone plays by the same set of common sense rules. The Scorecard provides data on every current member of Congress based on their sponsorship or cosponsorship of key democracy reform bills that Common Cause and our 1.2 million members support.

Ben R. Lujan 
Albio Sires 
Bill Pascrell Jr. 
Sheila Jackson Lee 
Kevin Cramer 
John Delaney 
Drew Ferguson 
Raja Krishnamoorthi 
Joe Barton 
Barbara Lee 
Gregory Meeks 
Michelle Lujan Grisham 
Martha Roby 
Dan Newhouse 
Anthony Brown 
Elijah Cummings 
Rob Woodall 
Andy Harris 
Kyrsten Sinema 
Cathy McMorris Rodgers 
Susan Davis 
Jim Costa 
Blaine Luetkemeyer 
John Ratcliffe 
Bradley Byrne 
Daniel Donovan 
Carol Shea-Porter 
Sam Graves 
Ann Wagner 
Bill Huizenga 
Frank Lucas 
Brad Wenstrup 
Garret Graves 
Todd Rokita 
Steven Palazzo 
Zoe Lofgren 
Louie Gohmert 
Ed Royce 
Tom Graves 
Mac Thornberry