The 50 Richest Lawmakers

John Kerry, Darrell Issa, Jane Harman lead list
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2010 6:47 PM CDT
The 50 Richest Lawmakers
No. 1: Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.: $188.6 million.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Financial disclosure forms from 2009 are in, and the Hill has ranked the 50 wealthiest lawmakers (27 Democrats and 23 Republicans) from the House and Senate. Here's the top 5:

  1. John Kerry, $188.6 million: Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is the source of his wealth, though the $188.6 million is something of an estimate—several assets are listed as being worth "over $1,000,000."
  2. Rep. Darrell Issa, $160.1 million: His net worth actually dropped by $4 million in 2009 because of investment loses. His wealth came from his founding of a company that makes car security alarms.

  1. Rep. Jane Harman, $152.3 million: Her wealth comes from the value of husband Sidney's Harman International. Their company stock ballooned in value from to $55 million in 2009 from $31 million.
  2. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, $83.7 million: Trusts established by his oil tycoon great-grandfather are still doing pretty well.
  3. Rep. Michael McCaul, $73.8 million: He sprinted up the ranking as his wife's stake in LLM Partners grew by $25 million. His father-in-law founded Clear Channel Communications.
Click over to the Hill for the remaining 45.
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