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.

Ted Poe 
Brian Babin 
Thomas Garrett 
Zoe Lofgren 
Marsha Blackburn 
Debbie Dingell 
Michelle Lujan Grisham 
Erik Paulsen 
Stacey Plaskett 
Nanette Barragán 
Diane Black 
David Kustoff 
Lisa Blunt Rochester 
Anna Eshoo 
Lee Zeldin 
Alcee Hastings 
Gus M. Bilirakis 
Tom Rice 
Bill Shuster 
Henry Cuellar 
Roger Williams 
Kevin Yoder 
Julia Brownley 
Sam Johnson 
Andy Barr 
Brian Mast 
Robert Brady 
Ron DeSantis 
Kathleen Rice 
John Larson 
Mike Thompson 
Jan Schakowsky 
Barbara Comstock 
Mike Quigley 
K. Michael Conaway 
Scott Tipton 
Greg Gianforte 
Tim Walberg 
Debbie Lesko 
Austin Scott