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How are points earned?

1. Official Performance (30 points)

  1. Legislators: Bipartisan bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship
  2. Executives: Bipartisan job approval
  3. Candidates without congressional or gubernatorial service: Predictive estimate by statistical modeling

2. Personal Actions (30 points)

  1. Public conversation across political differences
  2. Joining an official from the opposing party for a visit of their district
  3. Membership in a common ground focused caucus (Only U.S. House)

3. Communication (20 points +/-)

  1. Promoting common ground (+)
  2. Insulting political opponents (-)

4. Commitments (20 points)

  1. I will identify and set aside personal biases.
  2. I will commit to seek agreement, progress, and solutions.
  3. I will listen first to learn perspectives and experiences.
  4. I will not assume, but seek to understand motives and intentions.
  5. I will seek outcomes all can live with but not compromise principles.
  6. I will accept that good people may disagree.
  7. I will use and accept facts.
  8. I will stay respectful.
  9. I will resist demonizing.
  10. I will de-escalate hostile situations.

5. BONUS: Outstanding Common Grounder (+10 points)

  1. Awarded for common ground behavior or boldly champions common ground.
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The Maverick Matrix™ illustrates the degree to which an official seeks common ground relative to the partisan intensity of their constituents, meaning how strongly the area they represent favors one party over the other. The matrix is divided into four labeled quadrants:

  • Balancers: Balancing constituents more closely divided between the parties, this official is more of a Common Grounder.
  • Team Players: Consistent with a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • True Believers: Despite a constituency more closely divided between the parties, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • Mavericks: Despite a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is more of a Common Grounder. Such officials are most commendable in our view.
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Debbie Dingell (MI-12 - D)


Debbie Dingell (MI-12 - D)

Maverick Matrix

True Believers
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Championed common ground by co-authoring a bipartisan op-ed with Republican Congressman Fred Upton saying, "A vibrant democratic republic depends on vigorous debate — but also recognizes the importance of compromise and coming together." Visited Republican Congressman Fred Upton's district and hosted him in hers for public conversations as part of a five stop road show of joint events focused on restoring civility and bipartisanship in our political discourse. “What makes a democracy thrive is vigorous debate and an understanding of the importance of coming together. But it also requires respect. In recent years, that spirit has left our country and been replaced by vitriolic rhetoric. We are reaching a crisis point in this country. Name-calling, punching back, personal attacks and threats are what our nation has come to expect from Washington. We are being divided by fear and hatred, and the heart and soul of our country is being irreparably harmed. Our challenge is to remember there’s more that unites us than divides us.” “Too often in Washington and across the country, we have a problem talking across divides because we don’t slow down, listen and have conversations with those who hold opposing views." "The American people have sent us here to find common ground on the toughest issues for all future generations to prosper." "I've spent my lifetime trying to bring people together, people of disparate backgrounds, to find common ground. I know that one person can't change it all, but one person can make a difference. So, I'm just really committed to working hard to try to bridge tension and bring people together." “I think every American’s got a responsibility to stand up to elect people that are going to do what’s right. And we need to worry about this democracy. I think we live in the greatest land in the world — united we stand and divided we fall.” Member of the Problem Solvers Caucus and the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus. Top 25% for Official Performance. Common Ground Maverick: Has an above average Common Grounder Score despite representing constituents with an above average partisan lean.

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Maverick Matrix

True Believers
Team Players
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