The Richest Members Of Congress By State

Vox is out with an interesting map of the richest Member of Congress in each state based on data collected by the people at Roll Call: (click to enlarge)

RIchest Members Of Congress

As you’d expect, the list is dominated by Senators, but there are also quite a few members of the House on the list as well. Draw your own conclusions.

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  1. al-Ameda says:

    Darrell Issa is the one here in California. He made his fortune in the Car Alarm Security business. My guess is that it was in the Used Car business.

    A few years ago Issa personally bankrolled, to the tune of $1.7 million, the “grassroots” effort to recall then-governor Gray Davis. He’s an inspiration to all of who love Benghazi and hate government.

  2. Mikey says:


    Darrell Issa is the one here in California.

    Darrel Issa is the one, period. He’s more than three times as wealthy as the next guy.

    Mark Warner is the richest from my state (Virginia), which didn’t surprise me at all. He made his through investments in telecommunications. Apparently he’s the wealthiest Senator, although still nowhere near Rep. Issa.

  3. CB says:

    I’d be more interested to see the poorest members of congress by state. Or maybe I should say the least rich.

  4. Pinky says:

    I’m kind of surprised how low these numbers are. Dan Coats was a lobbyist. Al Franken was a big name in show business. Joseph Kennedy is a Kennedy.

  5. Tillman says:

    I’m actually surprised Hagan’s richer than Burr. Burr’s been in the Senate since ’05 and was a U.S. Rep before that.

  6. PJ says:


    I’d be more interested to see the poorest members of congress by state. Or maybe I should say the least rich.

    538 Calif. Rep. David Valadao R $-3.7M
    537 Fla. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings D $-2.23M
    533 Mo. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver D $-0.85M
    532 Ill. Rep. Mike Quigley D $-0.78M
    531 N.M. Sen. Martin Heinrich D $-0.72M
    530 Pa. Rep. Chaka Fattah D $-0.7M
    529 La. Rep. Steve Scalise R $-0.67M
    526 Neb. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry R $-0.65M
    525 N.Y. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney D $-0.61M
    524 Mich. Sen. Debbie Stabenow D $-0.59M
    522 Texas Rep. Ruben Hinojosa D $-0.57M
    519 Ark. Rep. Tim Griffin R $-0.52M
    517 Ariz. Rep. Matt Salmon R $-0.5M
    515 S.C. Sen. Tim Scott R $-0.5M
    514 R.I. Sen. Jack Reed D $-0.48M
    513 N.C. Rep. Renee Ellmers R $-0.48M
    512 Utah Rep. Chris Stewart R $-0.46M
    508 Minn. Rep. John Kline R $-0.41M
    506 Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz D $-0.4M
    505 Wis. Rep. Mark Pocan D $-0.38M
    501 Ind. Rep. Luke Messer R $-0.36M
    500 Md. Rep. Donna Edwards D $-0.36M
    498 Vt. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy D $-0.35M
    493 Idaho Rep. Raul R. Labrador R $-0.31M
    490 Ohio Rep. Michael R. Turner R $-0.3M
    483 N.J. Rep. Albio Sires D $-0.27M
    478 Ga. Rep. Hank Johnson D $-0.25M
    476 Nev. Rep. Steven Horsford D $-0.24M
    475 S.D. Rep. Kristi Noem R $-0.23M
    473 Wash. Rep. Dave Reichert R $-0.22M
    471 Conn. Rep. John B. Larson D $-0.21M
    468 Okla. Rep. Jim Bridenstine R $-0.2M
    467 Miss. Sen. Roger Wicker R $-0.2M
    453 Ky. Rep. Andy Barr R $-0.13M
    450 Va. Rep. Robert C. Scott D $-0.13M
    449 Mont. Sen. John Walsh D $-0.13M
    448 Kan. Rep. Mike Pompeo R $-0.13M
    439 N.H. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter D $-0.1M
    436 Colo. Rep. Ed Perlmutter D $-0.1M
    430 Ala. Rep. Terri A. Sewell D $-0.08M
    422 Iowa Rep. Steve King R $-0.04M
    399 Tenn. Rep. Marsha Blackburn R $0.01M
    370 Mass. Rep. Richard E. Neal D $0.07M
    313 Maine Rep. Michael H. Michaud D $0.25M
    312 N.D. Rep. Kevin Cramer R $0.25M
    290 Del. Rep. John Carney D $0.36M
    282 Wyo. Sen. Michael B. Enzi R $0.39M
    280 Ore. Rep. Peter A. DeFazio D $0.4M
    276 Alaska Rep. Don Young R $0.42M
    273 W.Va. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito R $0.45M

  7. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @PJ: Good job. Well done.

  8. HarvardLaw92 says:


    Hagan comes from a wealthy family and is a former banking executive. Burr comes from a lower middle-class family and spent most of his professional life as a lawn equipment salesman. It shouldn’t be that surprising.

  9. Tony W says:

    Issa is particularly nefarious, as the Republicans just finished a season of nonstop ads against his North San Diego County colleague, Scott Peters – calling Peters “one of the richest politicians in Washington” – at $60 million. The twisted logic….

  10. Just Me says:

    I already knew Shaheen was the richest from my state.

    Not really sure the wealth or lack of wealth matters that much. There isnt a truly poor congress member in the bunch. Not a single congress member who is worrying about paying their bills or getting their kids into the best school available.

    The reality is that the number one qualification for being a member of congress is you have to have wealth. In my state there are plenty of state representatives who are making less than 100K a year but to get elected to Federal office you have to have much more than that.

    Democrat or republican to get elected you have to have money.

  11. edmondo says:

    The only conclusion I could draw was here’s a list of people who could self-finance a run for higher office

  12. Just 'nutha' ig'rant cracker says:

    @edmondo: And yet, they don’t. Hmmm……

    The one that is most impressive to me is John McCain. Here is a guy with a net worth in the tens of millions who wasn’t born into wealth (His father and grandfather were Naval officers) never worked in industry, from what he declared on his finance form when he ran for President keeps his net worth separate from his wife’s, and has parlayed a couple of hundred thousand a year job into a fairly substantial fortune.

    The personification of what hard work and diligent saving will do for you. An inspiration to us all!