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
No. 1: Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.: $188.6 million.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – 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.
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