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.

Roger Marshall 
Robert Aderholt 
Joe Wilson 
Mark Takano 
Scott DesJarlais 
Jeff Fortenberry 
Daniel Lipinski 
Liz Cheney 
Brad Wenstrup 
Pramila Jayapal 
John Delaney 
Doris Matsui 
Jackie Speier 
Tulsi Gabbard 
David Schweikert 
Phil Roe 
Alex Mooney 
Ruben Gallego 
Scott Taylor 
Mo Brooks 
Doug LaMalfa 
Richard Hudson 
Roger Williams 
Juan Vargas 
Kevin Brady 
Madeleine Bordallo 
Mike Thompson 
John Shimkus 
Debbie Dingell 
Steven Palazzo 
Michael Burgess 
Lois Frankel 
Karen Bass 
Grace Meng 
Frank Lucas 
Peter Visclosky 
Don Beyer 
Jerrold Nadler 
Alma Adams 
Matt Gaetz