50 Richest Members of Congress

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1. Rep. Darrell Issa (born November 1, 1953), R-CA. Net worth: $283.3 million. His up-by-your-bootstraps story reads like a Republican myth: The son of a truck salesman, Issa left school at seventeen, joined the army, narrowly avoided two charges of car theft and then put some money into a failing electronics business. Somewhat ironically, he went on to pioneer the enormously popular Viper car alarm. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
02 Greg Gianforte
2. Rep. Greg Gianforte (born April 17, 1961), R-MT. Net worth: $135.7 million. One of Congress’ richest members, he is also one of its newest. He made his money in business and engineering, founding a software company that sold to McAfee for $10 million. Shortly after joining Congress in May 2017, he made headlines after he infamously “body-slammed” a Guardian journalist. He was sentenced to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
03 Jared Polis
3. Rep. Jared Polis (born May 12, 1975), D-CO. Net worth: $122.6 million. The richest Democrat in Congress will soon be giving up his seat after he announced that he is running for Governor of Colorado in the 2018 election. He made his fortune through various technology companies and ventures. His is the first openly gay parent in Congress in American history. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
04 Dave Trott
4. Rep. Dave Trott (born October 16, 1960), R-MI. Net worth: $119.1 million. Dubbed the ‘foreclosure king,’ Trott’s vast wealth has a particularly dark side: His real estate giant, Trott & Trott, specializes in evicting people from their homes. At the height of the subprime mortgage crisis, it evicted almost 80,000 a year in Michigan alone. He is now representing the state in Congress. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
05 Michael McCaul
5. Rep. Michael McCaul (born January 14, 1962), R-TX. Net worth: $113 million. McCaul married into most of his money. His family fortune is inherited by his wife and children. His wife, Linda McCaul, is the daughter of Lowry Mays—the founder and ex-chairman of the largest owner of radio stations in America, Clear Channel Communications. Her brother is the current CEO. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
06 John Delaney
6. Rep. John Delaney (born April 16, 1963), D-MD. Net worth: $92.6 million. If you haven’t heard of Delaney, you will soon enough. The multi-millionaire is running for the presidency in 2020. He is the son of an electrician and when a healthcare company he founded went public, he became the youngest CEO in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. Whether he has what it takes to win the Democrat’s presidential nomination—the competition could include Oprah—remains to be seen. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
07 Mark Warner
7. Sen. Mark Warner (born December 15, 1954), D-VA. Net worth: $92.2 million. The richest senator and the second richest Democrat in Congress, Warner graduated from Harvard Law School and then raked it in as a venture capitalist. Warner had served as a staffer to a U.S. Senator in his twenties and—in a familiar routine—used his knowledge of federal law to make a fortune brokering deals. He used the money he made to launch his political career in the 90s. Once touted as a potential presidential candidate, he now seems satisfied with the slower rhythms of the Senate. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
08 Vern Buchanan
8. Rep. Vern Buchanan (born May 8, 1951), R-FL. Net worth: $73.9 million. There are a lot of rich car dealers in Congress—but none quite as rich as Buchanan. The son of Finnish immigrants, he started in the printing business in Michigan, before moving to Florida and buying his first dealership in 1992. He has faced charges from various federal bodies, Congressional committees and former employees—mainly about financial misconduct and mistreatment of employees—but in 2012, the Justice Department ended its 11-month investigation with no criminal charges. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
09 Richard Blumenthal
9. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (born February 13, 1946), D-CT. Net worth: $70 million. Another man who married into a lot of money. His wife, Cynthia, is the daughter of Manhattan real estate mogul Peter Malkin. Blumenthal and President Donald Trump have history. The president once had a famous feud with the Malkin family over their shared ownership of the Empire State Building, with Trump reportedly trying to sue them. The pair clearly harbor grudges against one another, with Blumenthal recently becoming the target of one of the president’s infamous Tweetstorms. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
10 Dianne Feinstein
10. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (born June 22, 1933), D-CA. Net worth: $58.5 million. Feinstein is the oldest current senator and the oldest member of Congress on this list. Feinstein became mayor of San Francisco in 1978 after the notorious assassinations of her predecessor George Moscone and Harvey Milk by an ex-colleague. While she holds some serious assets herself—including a $25 million stake in Carlton Hotel Properties—the major source of her wealth is her third husband, Richard C. Blum, with whom she owns, among other things, $1 million-plus condominium in Kauai, Hawaii. The couple have been married since 1980. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain
11 Tom Rooney
11. Rep. Tom Rooney (born November 21, 1970), R-FL. Net worth: $55.3 million. U.S. Library of Congress/Public Domain