Monday, December 26, 2011
Washington Post, Growing Wealth Widens Distance Between Lawmakers and Constituents:
[T]he financial gap between Americans and their representatives in Congress has widened considerably since , according to an analysis of financial disclosures by The Washington Post.
Between 1984 and 2009, the median net worth of a member of the House has risen 2.5 times, according to the analysis of financial disclosures, rising from $280,000 to $725,000 in inflation-adjusted dollars. Over the same period, the wealth of an American family has declined slightly, with the median sliding from $20,600 to $20,500. ... The growing disparity between the representatives and the represented means that there is a greater distance between the economic experience of Americans and those of lawmakers.
Washington Post, Net Worth in the U.S. Senate and House:
A look at the average net worth of all the members of Congress in 2010.
Members of the House and Senate with Net Worths Over $100 Million:
Darrell Issa R CA $448,125,017 Michael McCaul R TX $380,411,527 Jane Harman D CA $326,844,751 Jared Polis D CO $143,218,562 Vern Buchanan R FL $136,152,641 Nancy Pelosi D CA $101,123,032
John F. Kerry D MA $231,722,794 Mark R. Warner D VA $192,730,605 Herb Kohl D WI $173,538,010