The Democracy Scorecard

The 116th Congress was historic for many reasons. Historians will point to the obvious–the third impeachment of a president in U.S. history and the underwhelming Special Counsel Report by Robert Mueller that led up to it. The surprisingly revealing Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s 1,000+ page bipartisan report, which outlines Russia’s concerted attempt to sway the 2016 presidential election, should be highlighted for seeing the light of day in a Senate that has been devoid of substantive action with scant exceptions. Majority Leader Mitch McConell proudly claims the Senate is a “legislative graveyard” earning his title as the “gravedigger of democracy.”

But for the long term interest of the republic, the 116th Congress should be noted as a harbinger of change. What that change looks like depends on which chamber you look at and which path voters decide to follow in November 2020.

In the House of Representatives, the 116th Congress will be known for the largest and most diverse class of new members in a dramatic shift in the balance of power. They came to Washington on a mission reflected in the For the People Act. Designated as H.R. 1, a statement of the highest priority given to the most sweeping democracy reform bill ever introduced. This comprehensive, democracy reform package includes a bold set of solutions already working in cities and states across the country. The newly elected representatives were of the people, had seen these local laws passed by the people, and seem determined to work toward a Congress that will win them for the people, so democracy works for all of us, not just the wealthy special interests.

Common Cause’s 2020 Democracy Scorecard:

  • Provides data on every current member of Congress based on their votes for, or cosponsorship of, key democracy reform bills;
  • Amplifies the voices of everyday Americans who have been silenced by big money in politics, voter suppression, and other tactics to block people from participating; and
  • 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.
Gwen Moore 
Raja Krishnamoorthi 
Jackie Speier 
Denny Heck 
Matt Cartwright 
Joe Wilson 
Doris Matsui 
Carol Miller
Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
Debbie Wasserman Schultz 
Clay Higgins 
Ted Lieu 
Trey Hollingsworth 
John Shimkus 
Norma Torres 
Kevin Cramer 
Jim Jordan 
Jared Huffman 
Rob Woodall 
Gregory Murphy
Bill Foster 
Sanford D. Bishop Jr. 
Sean Maloney
John Garamendi 
Chris Pappas
Joseph Kennedy III 
Lauren Underwood
Susan Wild
Scott Perry 
Gary Palmer 
Randy Weber 
Tulsi Gabbard 
Michael Waltz
Debbie Lesko 
William Keating 
Bill Huizenga 
Bill Flores 
Liz Cheney 
Gregory Meeks 
Cedric Richmond