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.

Robert Wittman 
Jamie Raskin 
Jim Banks 
Joe Barton 
Charlie Crist 
Stephanie Murphy 
Sander Levin 
Sam Graves 
Clay Higgins 
Jimmy Panetta 
Thomas Garrett 
Dana Rohrabacher 
Dennis Ross 
Ted Yoho 
Lou Barletta 
Bill Johnson 
Emanuel Cleaver 
Duncan Hunter 
Adam Kinzinger 
Erik Paulsen 
Marcy Kaptur 
Ron Kind 
Kenny Marchant 
Conor Lamb 
Steve Russell 
Bill Foster 
John Garamendi 
Hakeem Jeffries 
Tom O’Halleran 
Paul Mitchell 
Joaquin Castro 
Markwayne Mullin 
Aumua Amata 
Mimi Walters 
Marsha Blackburn 
Stephen F. Lynch 
Betty McCollum 
Bruce Poliquin 
Brad Wenstrup 
Darin LaHood