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.

Marc Veasey 
Rosa DeLauro 
Alan Lowenthal 
Mark Amodei 
David Kustoff 
Kevin McCarthy 
John Katko 
Ed Royce 
Matt Gaetz 
Dave Brat 
Lucille Roybal-Allard 
Raul Ruiz 
Raul Grijalva 
Pete King 
Paul A. Gosar 
Norma Torres 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz 
Brad Schneider 
Jim Himes 
David Valadao 
Colleen Hanabusa 
Joe Courtney 
Michael McCaul 
Alma Adams 
Joyce Beatty 
Jackie Walorski 
Randy Hultgren 
Dutch Ruppersberger 
Sean Patrick Maloney 
Vicky Hartzler 
Don Young 
Jim Jordan 
Chris Stewart 
Derek Kilmer 
Marcia Fudge 
William “Lacy” Clay Jr. 
Jerry McNerney 
Dan Kildee 
Pete Sessions 
Earl Blumenauer