Top Ten Wealthiest Members of U.S. Congress

 
on February 17 2012 3:12 PM
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  • Richard Blumenthal
    Richard Blumenthal Reuters
  •  Frank Lautenberg
    Frank Lautenberg Reuters
  • Jared Polis
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  • Mark Warner
    Mark Warner Reuters
  • Jay Rockefeller
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  • John Kerry
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  •  Darrell Issa
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The baseline congressional salary is $174,000 per year, or three and a half times the national median household income in 2010.  Some members of the legislative branch earn even more: the Speaker of the House rakes in $223,500 for example.  If the many benefits and perks our lawmakers enjoy are accounted for, the numbers rise again.

But don't think that all of our lawmakers are just squeezing by on a measly $14,500 per month; far from it.  The extreme wealth of some members make their official salaries look like a pittance. 

A recent New York Times study even shows that as the American public suffered an 8 percent decrease in their combined net worth from 2004 to 2010, our lawmakers' wealth rose by 15 percent in the same period. 

It's not a bad time to be in Congress, especially for these ten wealthiest legislators.

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