2011-08-20 "Who Are The Richest Members Of Congress?" by Robin M.
Often, Congress gets criticized for the fact that they vote for their own pay increases. But what about the fact that they vote on their own tax rates?
Roll Call has released a list of the 50 Richest Members of Congress, all of whom have assets valuing more than $6 million. Each year Congress has more and more millionaires, and each year they vote on whether or not the rich should continue to get tax cuts.
Starts to seem sort of like a conflict of interest, doesn’t it?
The two richest members of Congress, Republican Representatives Michael McCall and Darrell Issa, are worth over $500 million together. Add in number three, Democratic Senator John Kerry, and we’ve topped $700 million. Those three are the only members to have assets of more than $100 million, but 28 additional congressmen and women have at least $10 million each to their name. Nineteen of the fifty richest are Democrats, although only four of the top twelve are Republicans. Republicans then dominate the list of those who are worth between $35 and $6 million.
Click here [http://www.rollcall.com/50richest/the-50-richest-members-of-congress-112th.html] for the full list of rankings, and see if your representatives are voting for, or against, their own tax increases.
2011-08-20 "The 50 Richest Members of Congress (2011)"
To determine the richest lawmakers, Roll Call adds up the minimum value of total assets reported by each Member on their annual financial disclosures and subtracts the minimum liabilities. Percent change refers to the change since last year's disclosure forms.
An asset valued at $5 million to $25 million is counted at the lesser amount, as is a liability valued at $1 million to $5 million.
You can visit previous editions of 50 Richest lists here [http://www.rollcall.com/50richest/].
[*] Indicates a freshman Member of Congress. Roll Call did not calculate percent change from forms filed as candidates.
[**] Member has not yet filed a disclosure form this year. The number here is based on the last available data, a disclosure form filed last year when he was a candidate for Congress. This information will be updated.
1. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) $294.21 Million
2. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) $220.40 Million
3. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) $193.07 Million
4. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) $81.63 Million
5. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) $76.30 Million
6. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) $65.91 Million
7. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) $55.07 Million
8. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) $52.93* Million
9. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) $45.39 Million
10. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) $44.21 Million
11. Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) $35.87* Million
12. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) $35.20 Million
13. Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.) $21.60* Million
14. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) $21.18 Million
15. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) $20.35 Million
16. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) $19.78 Million
17. Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.) $17.45 Million
18. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) $17.00 Million
19. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) $16.45 Million
20. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) $15.46 Million
21. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) $11.90* Million
22. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) $11.60 Million
23. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) $10.89** Million
24. Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) $10.69* Million
25. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) $10.63* Million
26. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) $10.60 Million
27. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) $10.38 Million
28. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) $10.35 Million
29. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) $10.28 Million
30. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) $10.14 Million
31. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) $9.88 Million
32. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) $9.84 Million
33. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) $9.43 Million
34. Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) $9.35* Million
35. Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) $9.29 Million
36. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) $9.23 Million
37. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) $8.53 Million
38. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) $8.51* Million
39. Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) $8.44 Million
40. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) $8.18* Million
41. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) $8.03* Million
42. Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) $7.94* Million
43. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) $7.93 Million
44. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas) $7.71* Million
45. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) $7.41 Million
46. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) $7.06 Million
47. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) $6.56 Million
48. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) $6.47 Million
49. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) $6.21 Million
50. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) $6.00 Million