Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania is an advocate for our shared Pennsylvania values, regardless of party affiliation. That’s because all of our actions revolve around The Pledge: 11 simple commitments inspired by the Pennsylvania State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. When an Pennsylvania lawmaker signs The Pledge, they promise to uphold the following:

As a Pennsylvania legislator I will...

vote for individual medial freedom and privacy.

vote to strengthen election integrity

vote to expand education freedom.

vote to uphold our protected right to due process and equal justice under the law.

vote to support our protected right to self-defense.

vote to expand economic freedom for individuals and businesses.

As a Pennsylvania legislator I will not...

vote to support government lockdowns of businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations.

vote to suppress the speech of others.

vote to give any new power to the federal government.

vote for any net tax or fee increase.

vote for any budget or spending bill that expands government.

How was The Pledge created?

The Pledge is inspired by the Pennsylvania State Constitution’s “Declaration of Rights” and the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, because these two documents outline the set of rules and values which all Pennsylvania citizens have agreed to live by. These 11 commitments set a reasonable, fair and clear standard by which Pennsylvanians can judge their elected officials.

This contract between legislators and their constituents is written down and in full public view for anyone who wants to see it. No tricks and no spin. In fact, we invite all legislators from all political parties to meet with us and learn more about The Pledge and become signers.

Signing The Pledge is a sign of loyalty to these values, not a pledge of loyalty to an organization or any special interests. If anything, the only special interests represented by the Pledge are the citizens of Pennsylvania.

How do I know if my lawmaker has signed The Pledge?

Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania asks all 203 Pennsylvania state representatives and 50 state senators to sign The Pledge. Sign up to become a Citizen Pledge Champion to receive regular updates on Pledge Signers and whether your lawmaker is voting to uphold their commitment.

What happens when a lawmaker signs The Pledge?

When a lawmaker signs The Pledge, they agree to be held publicly accountable. When they break this agreement we make sure their constituents are aware, utilizing tools such as:

  • Digital and print advertising on lawmaker votes and issues stances
  • Letter, email and text updates on their voting record
  • Realtime legislative alerts to constituents
  • Educational videos, cartoons and infographics

How does CAP score lawmakers?

CAP uses a simple “stoplight” rating system to score a lawmaker’s standing with The Pledge.

Good Standing

Legislators in this zone are committed to upholding The Pledge and working hard defending Pennsylvania values.

Questionable Standing

Legislators in this zone are showing signs of abandoning The Pledge and need encouragement to keep defending Pennsylvania values.

Bad Standing

Legislators in this zone have chosen to ignore or abandon The Pledge and should be questioned if they are aligned with Pennsylvania values and the oath they took to uphold the Pennsylvania and U.S. Constitutions.

Our goal is to bring honesty and integrity back to Pennsylvania politics. True to our mission, we provide ample opportunity for Pledge Signers to have input into the scoring process. We host periodic check-ins during the legislative session where lawmakers can push back on how we score individual bills by providing different perspectives on legislation. For Pledge Signers in bad standing, we host virtual town halls with their constituents where they have a chance to defend their voting record as it relates to The Pledge in a respectful and civil environment.