Summary Statistics

Want a summary picture of Common Ground Scorecard performance and highlights? This page includes the overall average, highest and lowest scores, best performers by office and party, presidential tickets, states ranked by average score, highest scorer in each state, and stats for each scorecard item. The Common Ground Scorecard measures the degree to which elected officials and (soon!) candidates for office embody the spirit and practice of a Common Grounder — someone who seeks points of agreement and solutions on social and political issues through listening and productive conversation. It does not assess issue positions, ideology, or any other qualifications. See overall results below then explore individual scorecards to discover more about your elected officials.

Overall Average Score: 26


Highest Common Ground Scores

Anthony BrindisiHouseNY-22D100
Fred UptonHouseMI-6R100
Brian FitzpatrickHousePA-1R90
John KatkoHouseNY-24R90
Steve StiversHouseOH-15R84
Abigail SpanbergerHouseVA-7D83
Derek KilmerHouseWA-6D81
Colin AllredHouseTX-32D80
Josh GottheimerHouseNJ-5D80
Anthony GonzalezHouseOH-16R76
Joe ManchinSenateWVD75
Rodney DavisHouseIL-13R73
Shelley CapitoSenateWVR72
Tom ReedHouseNY-23R72
Debbie DingellHouseMI-12D72

Lowest Common Ground Scores

Negative scores result from the 20 point penalty in the Communication category for any instance of insulting a political opponent in the past three years.

Rashida TlaibHouseMI-13D-20
Maxine WatersHouseCA-43D-20
Donald TrumpPresidentNYR-20
Norma TorresHouseCA-35D-18
Filemon VelaHouseTX-34D-16
Dan MeuserHousePA-9R-11
John KennedySenateLAR-10
Paul GosarHouseAZ-4R-10
Matt GaetzHouseFL-1R-7
Ted YohoHouseFL-3R-3

Score Ranges

  • Champion: 60+
  • Well Above Average: 40-59
  • Somewhat Above Average: 30-39
  • Average: 23-29
  • Somewhat Below Average: 13-22
  • Well Below Average: -20-12

AVERAGE SCORE FOR EACH GROUP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS

  • All
    • Mean: 26
    • Median: 26
  • Senate
    • Mean: 31
    • Median: 30
  • House
    • Mean: 25
    • Median: 25
  • Governors
    • Mean: 24
    • Median: 23

HIGHEST by Group and by Party within each Group

Top Senators
Joe ManchinWVD75
Shelley CapitoWVR72
Ron WydenORD66
Susan CollinsMER60
Cory GardnerCOR60
Bill CassidyLAR59
Kyrsten SinemaAZD57
Maggie HassanNHD53
Richard BurrNCR50
Rob PortmanOHR50
Lisa MurkowskiAKR50
Top Democratic Senators
Joe ManchinWVD75
Ron WydenORD66
Kyrsten SinemaAZD57
Maggie HassanNHD53
Chris CoonsDED47
Mark WarnerVAD47
Sheldon WhitehouseRID47
Tammy BaldwinWID42
Jon TesterMTD42
Gary PetersMID42
Top Republican Senators
Shelley CapitoWVR72
Susan CollinsMER60
Cory GardnerCOR60
Bill CassidyLAR59
Richard BurrNCR50
Lisa MurkowskiAKR50
Rob PortmanOHR50
Martha McSallyAZR47
Lindsey GrahamSCR44
Marco RubioFLR44
Top House Members
Anthony BrindisiNY-22D100
Fred UptonMI-6R100
Brian FitzpatrickPA-1R90
John KatkoNY-24R90
Steve StiversOH-15R84
Abigail SpanbergerVA-7D83
Derek KilmerWA-6D81
Colin AllredTX-32D80
Josh GottheimerNJ-5D80
Anthony GonzalezOH-16R76
Rodney DavisIL-13R73
Tom ReedNY-23R72
Debbie DingellMI-12D72
Don BaconNE-2R69
Jimmy PanettaCA-20D67
Will HurdTX-23R66
Joyce BeattyOH-3D66
Top Democratic House Members
Anthony BrindisiNY-22D100
Abigail SpanbergerVA-7D83
Derek KilmerWA-6D81
Colin AllredTX-32D80
Josh GottheimerNJ-5D80
Debbie DingellMI-12D72
Jimmy PanettaCA-20D67
Joyce BeattyOH-3D66
Emanuel CleaverMO-5D59
Stephanie MurphyFL-7D58
Thomas SuozziNY-3D58
Scott PetersCA-52D57
Top Republican House Members
Fred UptonMI-6R100
Brian FitzpatrickPA-1R90
John KatkoNY-24R90
Steve StiversOH-15R84
Anthony GonzalezOH-16R76
Rodney DavisIL-13R73
Tom ReedNY-23R72
Don BaconNE-2R69
Will HurdTX-23R66
Peter KingNY-2R60
Dan NewhouseWA-4R56
Mike GallagherWI-8R55
Pete StauberMN-8R55
Top Governors
Phil ScottVTR60
Andy BeshearKYD60
Laura KellyKSD59
Charlie BakerMAR50
Larry HoganMDR50
Steve BullockMTD44
John Bel EdwardsLAD43
Eric HolcombINR39
Chris SununuNHR38
Steve SisolakNVD37
Top Democratic Governors
Andy BeshearKYD60
Laura KellyKSD59
Steve BullockMTD44
John Bel EdwardsLAD43
Steve SisolakNVD37
Tim WalzMND36
Tom WolfPAD35
Roy CooperNCD34
John CarneyDED31
Tony EversWID31
Top Republican Governors
Phil ScottVTR60
Charlie BakerMAR50
Larry HoganMDR50
Eric HolcombINR39
Chris SununuNHR38
Kay IveyALR36
Doug DuceyAZR30
Asa HutchinsonARR29
Doug BurgumNDR27
Kim ReynoldsIAR24

Presidential Tickets

Democratic Ticket

Republican Ticket


STATES RANKED BY AVERAGE SCORE AMONG ELECTED OFFICIALS + HIGHEST SCORE IN STATE

StateAverage ScoreHighest ScorerHighest Score
DE42Lisa Blunt Rochester (H)55
VT42Phil Scott (G)60
NH38Maggie Hassan (S)53
ME36Susan Collins (S)60
NY35Anthony Brindisi (H)100
OH35Steve Stivers (H)84
WA34Derek Kilmer (H)81
IL34Rodney Davis (H)73
WV33Joe Manchin (S)75
MT32Steve Bullock (G)44
OR32Ron Wyden (S)66
SD32Mike Rounds (S)41
WI32Mike Gallagher (H)55
NE31Don Bacon (H)69
AK30Lisa Murkowski (S) & Don Young (H)50
MN30Pete Stauber (H)55
NJ30Josh Gottheimer (H)80
CO29Cory Gardner (S)60
KS29Laura Kelly (G)59
NV29Susie Lee (H)40
AZ28Kyrsten Sinema (S)57
AR27French Hill (H)46
KY27Andy Beshear (G)60
NM27Martin Heinrich (S)38
OK27Markwayne Mullin (H)47
RI27Sheldon Whitehouse (S)47
VA27Abigail Spanberger (H)83
MI27Fred Upton (H)100
IN26Susan Brooks (H)47
LA26Bill Cassidy (S)59
UT26Ben McAdams (H)46
PA26Brian Fitzpatrick (H)90
AL25Terri Sewell (H)45
MA25Charlie Baker (G)50
FL25Stephanie Murphy (H)58
MO23Emanuel Cleaver (H)59
TX23Colin Allred (H)80
CA22Jimmy Panetta (H)67
IA22Chuck Grassley (S)42
GA21Doug Collins (H)42
HI21Tulsi Gabbard (H)37
MD21Larry Hogan (G)50
CT20Joe Courtney (H)32
SC20Lindsey Graham (S)44
NC19Richard Burr (S)50
ND19John Hoeven (S)33
WY19John Barrasso (S)40
TN18Chuck Fleischmann (H)28
ID17Mike Crapo (S)33
MS12Roger Wicker (S)39

Number of elected officials credited for each of the scorecard items

  • 36 credited for Public conversation across political differences (6%)
  • 37 credited for Joining a legislator from the opposing party for a visit to their district (6%)
  • 96 credited for Membership in caucus focused on Common Grounder practices (U.S. House only) (22%)
  • 420 credited for Promoting Common Grounder practices (72%). Counted 3,313 total instances of promoting Common Grounder practices.
  • 10 penalized for Insulting political opponents (2%)
  • 66 credited as Outstanding Common Grounder (11%)
  • 9 affirmed Common Grounder Commitments
    • Congressman Colin Allred (D, TX-32)
    • Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D, NY-22)
    • Congressman Danny Davis (D, IL-7)
    • Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-1)
    • Congressman Raul Grijalva (D, AZ-3)
    • Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D, IL-2)
    • Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D, FL-27)
    • Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D, VA-7)
    • Congressman Fred Upton (R, MI-6)

Number of challenger candidates credited for each of the scorecard items

  • 15 affirmed Common Grounder Commitments
    • Manga Anantatmula (R, VA-11)
    • James Bradley (R, CA-33)
    • John Collick (R, VA-3)
    • Mary Fay (R, CT-1)
    • Lee Griffin (D, PA-12)
    • Jon Hoadley (D, MI-6)
    • David Kim (D, CA-34)
    • Elizabeth Kreiselmaier (R, WA-6)
    • Matt Lieberman (D, GA Senate)
    • Jo Rae Perkins (R, OR Senate)
    • Gena Ross (D, MO-6)
    • Todd Rowley (D, PA-13)
    • Devin Thorpe (D, UT-3)
    • Blair Walsingham (D, TN-1)
    • Celeste Williams (D, AR-3)
  • 15 vowed to take all Personal Actions within the first six months of office, if elected
    • Manga Anantatmula (R, VA-11)
    • James Bradley (R, CA-33)
    • John Collick (R, VA-3)
    • Mary Fay (R, CT-1)
    • Lee Griffin (D, PA-12)
    • Jon Hoadley (D, MI-6)
    • David Kim (D, CA-34)
    • Elizabeth Kreiselmaier (R, WA-6)
    • Matt Lieberman (D, GA Senate)
    • Jo Rae Perkins (R, OR Senate)
    • Gena Ross (D, MO-6)
    • Todd Rowley (D, PA-13)
    • Devin Thorpe (D, UT-3)
    • Blair Walsingham (D, TN-1)
    • Celeste Williams (D, AR-3)