The Hill has released its annual rankings of the richest members of Congress, and for the second straight year, Republicans dominate the list.
Of the top 50 wealthiest lawmakers, 31 are from the GOP. Most of the richest members of Congress come from the House — 31 are U.S. Representatives, while 19 are senators.
Among the top five richest members of Congress, though, Democrats rule the roost. Three of the five wealthiest come from that party. The richest lawmaker, though, is a Republican — Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, has a net worth of $290.5 million. His money comes from several family trusts, and his father-in-law founded Clear Channel Communications.
McCaul’s wealth greatly outpaces that of the second-richest member of Congress, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Kerry’s net worth was pegged at $198.8 million in 2011, mostly from his wife Theresa Heinz Kerry’s ties to the Heinz (NYSE:HNZ) family fortune. Rounding out the top five are Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.; and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. Issa is the founder of car-security company Directed Electronics (NASDAQ:DEIX), while Polis and Warner made their millions through shrewd investments.
The top 25 richest members of Congress are:
- Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Tex., $290.5 million
- Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., $198.8 million
- Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., $140.6 million
- Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., $91.1 million
- Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., $85.9 million
- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., $83.1 million
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., $80.1 million
- Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., $56.9 million
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., $47.2 million
- Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Oh.,$36.7 million
- Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., $36.5 million
- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, $31.8 million
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., $26.4 million
- Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., $24.8 million
- Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., $23.8 million
- Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., $21.7 million
- Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., $19.6 million
- Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, $19.1 million
- Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., $17.4 million
- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Penn., $14.9 million
- Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., $14.6 million
- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., $14.5 million
- Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., $14.3 million
- Rep. Richard Hanna, R-N.Y., $13.7 million
- Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., $12.3 million
– Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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