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How Much Is Your Congressman Worth?

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How Much Is Your Congressman Worth?

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Today, the Washington Post published a story revealing that the net worth of members of Congress has doubled in the last 25 years, while the net worth of the average American has actually declined.

“The growing disparity between the representatives and the represented means that there is a greater distance between the economic experience of Americans and those of lawmakers,” the Post reported.

Ward Room looked at the net worth of Illinois’s 19 representatives and two senators, using figures provided by the Center for Responsive Politics. Most are worth more than the average American, but none approach the wealth of the richest congressman, Darrell Issa of California, a car alarm manufacturer worth over $500 million. Only two are even in the top 100. This could be because Illinois is a state where politics is a business and a career, making it difficult for millionaire dilettantes to break in.

Here’s our list, from Judy Biggert, multi-millionaire, to Bobby Rush, zero-aire:

HOUSE (Name, Affiliation, Home City, Net Worth Range)

    55. Judy Biggert, R-Hinsdale: $2,147,063 to $9,129,999
    87. Bob Dold, R-Kenilworth: $696,022 to $6,394,996
    125. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs: $1,043,059 to $3,047,000
    141. Luis Gutierrez, D-Chicago: $1,053,014 to $2,496,000
    149. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana: $942,030 to $2,330,000
    186. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton: $491,046 to $1,590,000
    188. Bobby Schilling, R-Colona:$487,008 to $1,489,998
    208. Don Manzullo, R-Leaf River: $466,008 to $1,190,999
    237. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville: $49,010 to $1,129,997
    275. Danny Davis, D-Chicago: $282,014 to $639,000
    298. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville: $195,005 to $500,000
    313. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Chicago: $111,015 to $442,000
    333. Jan Schakowsky, D-Evanston: $12,025 to $433,999
    357. Adam Kinzinger, R-Manteno: $50,008 to $225,000
    368. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria:$-916,584 to $1,118,411
    387. Mike Quigley, D-Chicago: $-34,998 to $119,998
    393. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield: $15,001 to $50,000
    398. Joe Walsh, R-McHenry: $3,004 to $46,000
    409. Bobby Rush, D-Chicago: $0

SENATE

    68. Dick Durbin, D-Springfield: $999,551 to $1,199,549
    96. Mark Kirk, R-Highland Park: $33,005 to $145,000

Related Topics Joe Walsh, Mark Kirk, Congress
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