Personal Finances

In some ways, lawmakers' finances look a lot like those of many Americans. They include diverse portfolios of stocks, bonds, mutual funds and real estate. They have bank accounts, credit cards and mortgages. The difference: Politicians generally have more money, must make their investments public and routinely have access to nonpublic information.

In this section, explore what lawmakers reported in personal financial disclosures through 2016, which we used to estimate their net worth. (Learn about our methodology and why these reports matter).

Richest Members of Congress, 2016

Below are the top ten richest members of both the House and Senate, collectively they account for almost half of the entire net worth of Congress.

Name Estimated Wealth
Darrell Issa (R-Calif)
Don Beyer (D-Va)
Thomas MacArthur (R-NJ)
Claire McCaskill (D-Mo)
Suzan DelBene (D-Wash)
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)
Roger Williams (R-Texas)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
Richard W Allen (R-Ga)
Buddy Carter (R-Ga)

Poorest Members of Congress, 2016

The salary of a typical member of Congress is $174,000. No one is qualifying for food stamps, but some lawmakers carry significant personal and/or business debt. Here are those "poorest" members.

Name Estimated Wealth
David Valadao (R-Calif)
Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo)
Dennis Ross (R-Fla)
Lou Barletta (R-Pa)
Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)
Norma Torres (D-Calif)
Mark Desaulnier (D-Calif)
Seth Moulton (D-Mass)
Pete Aguilar (D-Calif)
Andre Carson (D-Ind)

Biggest wealth increase in Congress, 2006-2016

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Not all politicians come into office wealthy – but many leave that way. Here are the top 10 winners of the past decade.

Name Growth Percentage Avg. Wealth 2006 Avg. Wealth 2016
Corker, Bob (R-Tenn)
213592.4% $32,500 $69,450,025
Calvert, Ken (R-Calif)
4900.1% -$99,997 $4,800,003
Fortenberry, Jeffrey Lane (R-Neb)
4457.9% $267,511 $12,193,002
Thornberry, Mac (R-Texas)
3973.0% -$16,499 $639,005
Scott, David (D-Ga)
2994.3% $81,537 $2,523,001
Sanchez, Linda (D-Calif)
2441.6% -$32,500 $761,010
Peterson, Collin C (D-Minn)
1933.1% $83,001 $1,687,509
Jackson Lee, Sheila (D-Texas)
1921.3% $175,505 $3,547,506
Blunt, Roy (R-Mo)
1658.7% $231,502 $4,071,509
Collins, Susan M (R-Maine)
1570.9% $223,002 $3,726,047

Estimated Wealth Over Time

This graph displays the median of the estimated net worth of Senate and House members. In 2016, for example, half of the Senate was worth more than $1,450,519 million. In the House, half of the members were worth less than $257,506.

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The tables on this page are based on 2016 filings, the latest personal finance disclosure information available. Explore specific politicians in our "Net Worth" section.

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