Never has it been more important for the American people to stand together and demand that elected leaders take action to ensure our democracy respects and works for everyone. As they evaluate their representatives’ actions in office, the American people must be able to discern truth from lies or disinformation, which is why the Common Cause Democracy Scorecard offers a factual, nonpartisan accounting of actions by each member of the 117th Congress on a range of democracy-related legislation. Rep. Phillips earned a perfect score for his votes to protect our elections, hold elected leaders accountable to the highest standard of ethics, and ensure the government is working for the people.
The Common Ground Committee, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on healing incivility and polarization, ranks Rep. Phillips first on its Common Ground Scorecard (CGS). The Common Ground Committee works for towards the goal of “more progress, less division”, and with that goal in mind, developed the CGS to identify politicians who seek common ground (or not), and to celebrate officials who exhibit these attributes. The president, vice president, governors, senators, and members of Congress are scored. Points may be earned across the following categories: Official Performance, Personal Actions, Communication, Commitments, and Outstanding Common Grounder. The average score across all offices? 29. Phillips earned 104.
The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget named Rep. Phillips a 2022 Fiscal Hero for pushing his party leaders to make debt a priority, leading bipartisan efforts to fix the debt and the budget process, taking responsible votes, using town hall meetings to engage and educate constituents, advocating to keep tough fiscal choices on the table, and introducing legislation to improve the budget process and America’s fiscal position. Phillips is one of only seven House Democrats to receive the honor in the 117th Congress.
For his voting record and commitment to rooting out corruption, limiting lobbyist influence, preventing election sabotage, protecting voting rights, ending dark money, and stopping egregious partisan gerrymandering that denies voters fair and equal representation, Rep. Phillips received an A+ on End Citizens United's legislative scorecard for the 117th Congress.
The Bipartisan Index is compiled by the nonpartisan Lugar Center and McCourt School of Public Policy. It measures how often a member of Congress introduces bills that earn co-sponsors from the opposite party and how often they in turn co-sponsor legislation introduced from across the aisle - it excludes non-binding resolutions and ceremonial bills, seeking to encourage lawmakers to be more bipartisan when writing or co-sponsoring meaningful policy. Ranking 13th among 437 members in the House of Representatives who served in the 117th Congress, Rep. Phillips is in the top 3% of his peers when it comes to bipartisan policymaking.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Rep. Phillips with the Jefferson-Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship for the second year in a row, giving Phillips high marks for working across the aisle and leading on legislation to support entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Legislative Action Awards acknowledge creative and courageous members who breathe life into the legislative process. The award is given to new members who demonstrate the skill, grace, and tenacity to get things done for their constituents and the nation. BPC extended the 2021 Legislative Action Award to Rep. Phillips in recognition of his leadership and demonstrated commitment to crossing the partisan divide.
After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Phillips worked tirelessly to break through partisan gridlock and deliver relief for small businesses and families. He authored a law to make PPP loans widely accessible to struggling businesses, and his leadership on the Problem Solvers Caucus was the inspiration for the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package passed in December 2020. For these successes and more, Phillips was rated the most productive Representative in the Minnesota delegation by the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking.
Minnesota set a modern day record when 79.96% of eligible voters took part in the 2020 Presidential Election. For the third national election in a row, Minnesota had the highest voter turnout in the entire nation, and Minnesota's Third Congressional District had the highest voter turnout in the state.
Citizens in Minnesota's Third Congressional District responded to the 2020 U.S. Census at a higher rate than people in any other Congressional District in the nation. With a self-response rate of 84%, civically-engaged neighbors helped secure accurate representation and investments in our community for the next decade.
The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget named Rep. Phillips a 2020 Fiscal Hero for taking the debt seriously. Phillips is among a bipartisan group of 14 Senate and 28 House honorees who have gone the extra mile to develop and endorse solutions to our nation's budget crisis, cast fiscally responsible votes, push their party leaders to make addressing the debt a priority, and engage and educate their constituents.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Rep. Phillips with a Jefferson – Hamilton Award for Bipartisanship. Unveiled in 2020, the new award recognizes members of Congress who demonstrate the bipartisan leadership and constructive governing necessary to move our country forward. With a score of 98%, Rep. Phillips is one of the top 10 bipartisan leaders in the House of Representatives.