Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Democracy Reform Task Force


The Democracy Reform Task Force – chaired by Congressman John Sarbanes – is a bold effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to clean up Washington and put the public's interests ahead of special interests.

Despite promises to “drain the swamp,” President Trump and his Republican allies in Congress have pursued an agenda that only benefits the wealthy and well-connected, while testing the long-established norms and laws that prevent public corruption. To fight back, the Democracy Reform Task Force:

  • Conducts Oversight of Ethical Violations – Brings together Congressional resources to ensure that President Trump and his Administration abide by our nation’s ethics laws and the U.S. Constitution.
  • Challenges Special-Interest Policy – Fights back against egregious special-interest giveaways that benefit wealthy donors, corporations and well-connected Washington insiders at the expense of everyday Americans.
  • Advances Positive Democracy Reforms – Last November, the American people went to the polls and resoundingly rejected the culture of corruption in Washington. They elected a historic Democratic House majority driven by candidates who promised to repair our broken democracy, and restore openness, transparency and unity to Congress. House Democrats delivered on that promise with H.R. 1, a bold and transformative suite of reforms that will strengthen American democracy and return political power to the people. With this legislation – which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 8, 2019 – Democrats will make elections clean and fair, end the dominance of big money in our politics and ensure that public servants put the public’s interests ahead of special interests.


Our Republic’s strength is built on the American people’s trust in our institutions of democracy and it’s earned through fair elections, responsive governance and a robust system of checks and balances. The Democracy Reform Task Force works tirelessly to preserve and renew the public’s trust in our great Republic.

Learn more at https://democracyreform-sarbanes.house.gov.