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25 Richest Members of Congress

President Donald Trump is by far the wealthiest member of the U.S. government, with an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. While Trump is far from the typical U.S. politician, he is not the only extraordinarily wealthy government official. Most U.S. members of congress are millionaires.

24/7 Wall St. identified the wealthiest members of the U.S. Congress using maximum net worth estimates from Opensecrets.org, a data clearinghouse maintained by Washington D.C.-based nonprofit research group the Center for Responsive Politics. The center is funded primarily by individual contributions and institutional grants.

Eighteen of the 25 are members of the House of Representatives and the rest are senators, and the wealthiest members of congress are fairly evenly split between the two major political parties. Thirteen are Republicans, and the wealthiest person on this list is a Democrat.

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Most senators, representatives, and other government officials are paid an annual salary of $174,000, not enough to account for net worth figures in the hundreds of millions for many Congress members. These representatives accumulated their wealth both before and during their careers in politics. Many of the politicians on this list started and ran successful businesses, and many of these used their acquired wealth to springboard political careers. When they leave office, some of the individuals on this list will be able to leverage their status as a former high-ranking government official to net lucrative speaking engagements and find seats on corporate boards, adding to their already substantial wealth.

Nineteen of the 25 richest members of congress were elected for the first time less than 10 years ago. Four have served for more than 20 years.

All 25 individuals on this list possess investments valued in the millions. Using asset disclosure documents, we identified the broad sectors in which each of these representatives have made the largest investments.

The finance, insurance, and real estate sector account for the largest set of investments made by 19 of the 25 wealthiest members of Congress. The energy and natural resources, communications and electronics, miscellaneous business, health, and transportation sectors represent the largest investments made by the remaining representatives.

To identify the 25 richest members of Congress, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed maximum net worth estimates from Opensecrets.org, a data clearinghouse maintained by Washington D.C.-based nonprofit research group Center for Responsive Politics. Only current U.S. Congress members were considered. To calculate net worth, the center added a lawmaker's range of assets and subtracted his or her range of liabilities. The value of investments grouped by broad sector also came from the center’s aggregation of disclosure documents.

Lawmakers are only required to disclose the value of assets and liabilities within a range. Various types of holdings are also exempt from disclosure laws, including the value of a primary residence, personal possessions that are not held for investment purposes, and retirement accounts. So it is difficult to determine the exact net worth of our representatives. Many of these wealth estimates may very well be considerably higher.


25. Nita M. Lowey
> Estimated wealth: $54,065,000
> Legislative title: Democratic Rep. from NY since 1988
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $27,000,000


24. Trent Franks
> Estimated wealth: $55,250,000
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from AZ since 2003
> Sector with highest investment: Energy & natural resources
> Total investments in energy & natural resources sector: $55,000,000


23. Ron Johnson
> Estimated wealth: $59,965,000
> Legislative title: Republican Sen. from WI since 2011
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $50,350,000


22. Joe Kennedy III
> Estimated wealth: $66,495,000
> Legislative title: Democratic Rep. from MS since 2013
> Sector with highest investment: Communications/electronics
> Total investments in communications/electronics sector: $3,690,000


21. Claire McCaskill
> Estimated wealth: $71,253,033
> Legislative title: Democratic Sen. from MO since 2006
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $31,069,014


20. Roger Williams
> Estimated wealth: $71,496,993
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from TX since 2013
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $61,781,000


19. John Hoeven
> Estimated wealth: $73,886,000
> Legislative title: Republican Sen. from ND since 2011
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $31,851,000


18. Don Beyer
> Estimated wealth: $79,872,996
> Legislative title: Democratic Rep. from VA since 2015
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $32,495,000


17. Rodney Frelinghuysen
> Estimated wealth: $83,737,000
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from NJ since 1995
> Sector with highest investment: Misc. business
> Total investments in misc. business sector: $34,815,000


16. James E. Risch
> Estimated wealth: $89,159,000
> Legislative title: Republican Sen. from ID since 2005
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $83,780,000


15. Suzan DelBene
> Estimated wealth: $97,305,000
> Legislative title: Democratic Rep. from WS since 2012
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $33,250,000


14. Richard Blumenthal
> Estimated wealth: $98,106,040
> Legislative title: Democratic Sen. from CT since 2011
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $5,060,000


13. Thomas MacArthur
> Estimated wealth: $106,740,997
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from NJ since 2015
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $31,526,000


12. Chris Collins
> Estimated wealth: $108,645,000
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from NY since 2013
> Sector with highest investment: Health
> Total investments in Health: $31,000,000


11. Dianne Feinstein
> Estimated wealth: $110,424,025
> Legislative title: Democratic Sen. from CA since 1992
> Sector with highest investment: Misc. business
> Total investments in misc. business sector: $28,347,001


10. Bob Corker
> Estimated wealth: $117,787,999
> Legislative title: Republican Sen. from TN since 2007
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $11,015,000


9. Scott Peters
> Estimated wealth: $118,322,000
> Legislative title: Democratic Rep. from CA since 2013
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $53,250,001


8. Diane Black
> Estimated wealth: $125,680,005
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from TN since 2011
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $5,100,000


7. Nancy Pelosi
> Estimated wealth: $191,930,988
> Legislative title: Democratic Rep. from CA since 1987
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $102,967,000


6. Vernon Buchanan
> Estimated wealth: $204,242,989
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from FL since 2007
> Sector with highest investment: Transportation
> Total investments in transportation sector: $101,000,001


5. Dave Trott
> Estimated wealth: $279,271,994
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from MI since 2015
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $48,010,000


4. John K. Delaney
> Estimated wealth: $369,203,002
> Legislative title: Democratic Rep. from MD since 2013
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $136,215,000


3. Mark Warner
> Estimated wealth: $386,632,000
> Legislative title: Democratic Sen. from VA since 2009
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $50,000


2. Darrell Issa
> Estimated wealth: $462,100,002
> Legislative title: Republican Rep. from CA since 2001
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $106,500,000


1. Jared Polis
> Estimated wealth: $476,151,998
> Legislative title: Democratic Rep. from CO since 2009
> Sector with highest investment: Finance, insurance & real estate
> Total investments in finance, insurance & real estate sector: $108,266,000

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