Politicians are often charged with being out of touch with the average American citizen. In particular, they're slammed for being highly unrepresentative of their constituents--often with net worths exceeding their district or state average by millions.
We've taken a closer look at the numbers and ranked the top 5 richest and poorest members of Congress according to data produced by Roll Call. An important note is how this data was calculated. The values here reflect total liabilities subtracted from total assets. These assets, however, are reported in broad ranges that do not provide a perfect indication wealth. Members are also not required to disclose the value of personal residences or retirement savings accounts. As a result, members who report their mortgages (a liability) but choose not to include home value (an asset), appear poorer than they really are.
Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49), who made his wealth manufacturing car alarm systems as part of Directed Electronics, tops our list with a net worth of over $350 million. He's followed by Representatives Michael McCaul (TX-10), John Delaney (MD-6), and Senators Jay Rockefeller (since retired), and Mark Warner (D-VA).
The "poorest" members of Congress, who, according to this methodology have negative net worths, all hail from California and Florida. They include Representatives David Valadao (CA-21), Alcee Hastings (FL-20), Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-23), Howard "Buck" McKeon (since retired), and Dana Rohrabacher (CA-28).
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