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Top 25 wealthiest members of Congress

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10 2012 8:22 a.m. MDT

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Elected officials are required by law to disclose their financial holdings. Lawmakers give a range of their financial assets instead of a specific number. Estimates take the midpoint of those ranges. Following is a list of the top 25 wealthiest representatives of Senate and the House of Representatives based on disclosures given in 2010, according to the Washington Post.
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JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

All these politicians investing in insurance companies. Should they be involved in any policy making regarding healthcare? Seems like a conflict of interest. I would be interested to know what their personal wealth was when they first got into office and how it progressed over the years as they "served the people" I suspect that they "served themselves" too.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

A lot of Dems.

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

As well as Repubs... Point?

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

NedGrimley

Point? The point is that one of the standard talking points of Democrats is, "Republicans are the filthy rich, not Democrats; Democrats therefore are more empathetic, more in touch with and more helpful to the common man."

tmkh
American Fork, UT

I guess USAlover is struggling to count - out of the Top 25 wealthiest members of Congress, 14 are Republicans, which leaves only 11 slots for Democrats.

dumprake
Washington, UT

A more important question is, what were they worth before they got elected. You don't become a multi-millionaire on a congressional salary. Harry Reid only worked a couple of years as an attorney, the rest of his life has been in public service, but he is worth tens of millions. In the real world, a real honest world, we would know this money is bribe money, but it's paid through sophisticated "investment" arrangements. Straight cash payments would be too obvious, and too easily traced, so this is how it's done. And this is why there should be no career politicians--and no government retirement for any members of congress. They can create their own retirement.

Chase
Saint George, UT

As George W Plunkitt would say: It's honest graft. "I seen my opportunities and I took 'em."

Look it up.

(R)'s and (D)'s don't mean a thing to this cabal of politicians taking advantage of "inside" information they exploit to make money from investing in "finance/insurance/real estate".

'merica!

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Note about layout: Why must you make us click on each photo? How about a list for those of us who don't have the time to play the game?
Or are you just building your click stats?

killpack
Sandy, UT

Republican or Democrat, I don't want to hear another person with more than a million dollars talk about other rich people not paying their fair share.

JP
Chandler, AZ

@tmkh
Yes, but of the top 10 wealthiest, 7 are democrats.

Joe Moe
Logan, UT

@JP
Yes, but of the top 2 wealthiest, 2 are Republicans. *Sigh*.

Why are we playing this game?

It's the system, not the letter next to the name, that is at issue here. Insider trading, more or less. "60 Minutes" made a dent on this, got it some attention, but it is a huge issue.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Does it really matter what party they are from? The whole thing stinks. Note how many of them seem to have some very obvious conflicts of interest.

rightascension
Provo, UT

Aside from Issa and Pelosi, who have ever heard of the richest members of The House?

Back in 1992 when Utah elected Robert Bennett to The Senate for the first time, the local news reported that he was worth about 25 million dollars. Utterly naive, I thought that made one of the wealthiest men in the Senate. Turned out -- he wasn't even among the wealthiest people elected in 1992 to the senate.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Get a load of number 16, Representative Gary G. Miller, (R-Calif.)

He appears to have painted himself orange, with a tie to match. Perhaps a subliminal promotion of his area. Color me political.

As for those arguing about which party has the most money, the most important point of this study should be obvious--that money plays too important a role in who plays and who pays and who isn't even invited to the table. Considering the declining income demographic of Main Street America, it's beginning to look like taxation without representation, evidenced by a certain politician commiserating to wealthy contributors about the 47% who aren't paying their fair share and refuse to take responsibility for their lives.

Pay attention people, when the rich and powerful decide that you're not giving enough and not doing enough it means that they have an agenda in mind concerning you and yours.

rick122948
boise, id

I don't care how much money they have, but without campaign finance reform which gets rid of PACs, only rich people or someone representing rich people can generate the funds necessary to mount a competitive campaign. Once elected unfortunately for the Ammerican people if they weren't tied to special interests they get that way in order to stay in office. Money talks and the ones with the most money talk loudest, meaning 95% of us are whistling in the wind.

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