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.

Steve Russell 
Vicky Hartzler 
Jeff Duncan 
Ted Deutch 
Mo Brooks 
Steve Knight 
Gregory Meeks 
Daniel Donovan 
Mike Gallagher 
Rodney Frelinghuysen 
Justin Amash 
William Keating 
Diane Black 
Bobby Scott 
Peter DeFazio 
Billy Long 
James E. Clyburn 
Roger Williams 
Jenniffer Gonzalez 
Ed Royce 
Thomas Massie 
Thomas Garrett 
Mike Johnson 
Gus M. Bilirakis 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 
Luke Messer 
Steve King 
Kyrsten Sinema 
Will Hurd 
Juan Vargas 
Brad Sherman 
Eleanor Holmes Norton 
Raul Ruiz 
David Valadao 
Mac Thornberry 
Trent Kelly 
Jeff Denham 
Mike Kelly 
Gene Green 
Anthony Brown