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.

Liz Cheney 
Bill Huizenga 
Paul A. Gosar 
Gus M. Bilirakis 
Albio Sires 
Ralph Abraham 
Jared Huffman 
Garret Graves 
Sean Duffy 
Rick Crawford 
George Holding 
André Carson 
Grace Meng 
Darrell Issa 
William “Lacy” Clay Jr. 
Don Young 
David Price 
Stephen F. Lynch 
Judy Chu 
Gerry Connolly 
Bob Goodlatte 
Jacky Rosen 
John Rutherford 
Daniel Donovan 
Rodney Davis 
John Sarbanes 
William Keating 
Earl Blumenauer 
Grace Napolitano 
Jimmy Gomez 
Bonnie Watson Coleman 
Terri Sewell 
Bruce Westerman 
Roger Marshall 
Eric Swalwell 
Brad Sherman 
Frank Lucas 
Dana Rohrabacher 
Daniel Webster 
Tom McClintock