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.

John Rutherford 
Adam Smith 
Josh Gottheimer 
Lois Frankel 
Paul Cook 
Andy Harris 
Thomas Garrett 
Mario Diaz-Balart 
Gregorio Sablan 
John Culberson 
Buddy Carter 
Jerrold Nadler 
Joe Barton 
Tom Reed 
Mike Thompson 
Ted Deutch 
Scott Peters 
John Faso 
Claudia Tenney 
William Keating 
Erik Paulsen 
Bennie Thompson 
Jan Schakowsky 
Matt Gaetz 
Ted Poe 
Mark Walker 
Ann Kuster 
Hank Johnson 
Warren Davidson 
Niki Tsongas 
Justin Amash 
Jason Smith 
Steve Stivers 
Jackie Walorski 
Bob Goodlatte 
Juan Vargas 
Matt Cartwright 
Marc Veasey 
Gus M. Bilirakis 
Pramila Jayapal