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Bridget Johnson


August 24, 2012 - 7:40 am

The Hill this week tallied the wealthiest lawmakers in Congress — and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) didn’t top the list.

The most wealthiest lawmaker, though, shares Kerry’s trait of being married to money. Worth $290.5 million is Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas), is the son-in-law of Lowry Mays, the founder of Clear Channel Communications.

Kerry came in second with a net worth of $198.8 million — a jump of $5 million in 2011 to keep his position as the wealthiest Democrat in Congress.

Coming in third with $140.6 million is House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who was No. 2 on last year’s list but saw his net worth drop nearly $80 million in 2011. Issa founded Direct Electronics, the nation’s largest manufacturer of car security systems, in 1982.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), another entrepreneur who started American Information Systems while in college, came in fourth at $91.1 million — a $25 million jump from 2011.

Rounding out the top five is another Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner (Va.). His $85.9 million net worth was buoyed by $9 million in gains in 2011. The venture capitalist was an early investor in Nextel.

Out of the top 50 richest members, 31 are Republican. Thirty-one of the richest come from the House.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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