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.

Gerry Connolly 
Beto O’Rourke 
Ted Poe 
Steny Hoyer 
Mimi Walters 
Liz Cheney 
Kevin McCarthy 
Grace Napolitano 
Jeff Denham 
Louie Gohmert 
Jason Lewis 
Morgan Griffith 
Stacey Plaskett 
Tom Suozzi 
Bobby Scott 
Diane Black 
Jim McGovern 
Jenniffer Gonzalez 
Ann Wagner 
Denny Heck 
Chris Smith 
Rick Nolan 
Tom MacArthur 
David Valadao 
Adam Kinzinger 
Don Young 
Steve Stivers 
Peter Welch 
Dave Reichert 
Randy Weber 
Ron DeSantis 
Cedric Richmond 
Jeff Fortenberry 
Jodey Arrington 
Debbie Dingell 
Steve Knight 
Bill Shuster 
Pete Olson 
Kristi Noem 
Jim Langevin