At $231M, Kerry Is Congress' Richest
Though, Roll Call cautions, financial disclosure forms an unreliable source
By Victoria Floethe,  Newser User
Posted Sep 23, 2008 1:09 PM CDT
Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif, who remains heavily invested in Harman International Industries, has seen her wealth increase nearly $10 million since filing her 2006 report.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – John Kerry leads Roll Call's annual list of the 50 richest members of Congress, with a fortune estimated at $231 million. But financial-disclosure rules make it impossible to get a complete picture of lawmakers' assets, so Kerry, John McCain (No. 13, with $20 million), and the rest of the top 50 are likely much richer. Following the Massachusetts senator are: 

  • Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., $226 million
  • Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., $161 million

  • Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., $80 million
  • Rep. Robin Hayes, R-NC, $79 million
  • Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., $65 million
  • Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, $55 million
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., $52 million
  • Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., $48 million
  • Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., $29 million