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.

Raja Krishnamoorthi 
Jared Polis 
Tom Suozzi 
Kristi Noem 
Michael McCaul 
Gene Green 
Dana Rohrabacher 
James Comer 
Lois Frankel 
Dave Trott 
Neal Dunn 
John Ratcliffe 
Kevin McCarthy 
Ted Budd 
Peter Welch 
Linda Sánchez 
Salud Carbajal 
Rosa DeLauro 
Kenny Marchant 
Susan Brooks 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz 
Brian Higgins 
Ami Bera 
Jenniffer Gonzalez 
Eric Swalwell 
Anna Eshoo 
Doug Lamborn 
George Holding 
Jim Renacci 
Terri Sewell 
Steve Knight 
Robin Kelly 
Rob Woodall 
Suzan DelBene 
Barbara Comstock 
Al Green 
Jerry McNerney 
Ken Calvert 
Sean Patrick Maloney 
Frank Pallone Jr.