Be among the first to use our new Common Ground Scorecard! Before you vote, see how your candidates rate at finding common ground.

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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Common Ground Scorecard for: Mike Gallagher

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Mike Gallagher (WI-8 - R)

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Mike Gallagher (WI-8 - R)

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Common Ground Score 55Well Above Average

Commentary

Championed common ground by co-authoring a bipartisan op-ed with Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna saying, "Each of us have core values on which we will never compromise, and our voting records reflect that. However... Congress should find common ground on issues in order to get things done." Co-authored another bipartisan op-ed with Democratic Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi saying, "We found that when it comes to addressing the needs of working families in our districts, common ground is not hard to find if you are willing to work together." Top 25% for Official Performance. Member of the Future Caucus, Problem Solvers Caucus, and Civility and Respect Caucus. "This program helped us transition from campaigning to governing, ensuring our dialogue was more civil and our eyes more open to finding common ground. Getting to know my fellow freshmen as people before politicians and forging bipartisan relationships that are often hard to come by in this political climate is something we need more of in Washington.”

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Maverick Matrix

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