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.

John Culberson 
Jim Langevin 
Blaine Luetkemeyer 
Ben R. Lujan 
Mark Pocan 
James Comer 
Norma Torres 
Colleen Hanabusa 
Vicky Hartzler 
Keith Rothfus 
Dan Newhouse 
Roger Williams 
Ralph Norman 
Mark Takano 
Fred Upton 
Ami Bera 
Pramila Jayapal 
Mo Brooks 
Ted Lieu 
John Curtis 
Juan Vargas 
Ryan Costello 
Warren Davidson 
Richard Hudson 
Karen Bass 
Steve Scalise 
Rick Crawford 
Jimmy Gomez 
Barry Loudermilk 
Brendan Boyle 
Ted Budd 
Elise Stefanik 
Bobby Scott 
Robert Brady 
Joseph Kennedy III 
Dennis Ross 
Bonnie Watson Coleman 
Jody Hice 
Tom Emmer 
Mike Kelly