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.

Lisa Blunt Rochester 
K. Michael Conaway 
Daniel Lipinski 
Paul Ryan 
Brian Babin 
Val Demings 
Scott Peters 
Bob Goodlatte 
Emanuel Cleaver 
Scott Tipton 
Sean Patrick Maloney 
James Comer 
Jeff Denham 
Bill Shuster 
Eleanor Holmes Norton 
Bruce Poliquin 
Hakeem Jeffries 
Judy Chu 
Stacey Plaskett 
Jim Jordan 
Robin Kelly 
Lamar Smith 
Thomas Garrett 
Ted Budd 
John Ratcliffe 
Brenda Lawrence 
Raul Labrador 
Donald Norcross 
Ann Wagner 
Tom Suozzi 
Steve Scalise 
Andy Harris 
Kevin Yoder 
Marcia Fudge 
Pete Sessions 
Matt Gaetz 
Brendan Boyle 
Donald Payne Jr. 
Bill Johnson 
Doug Collins