Congress is really rich. On the whole, it’s the richest it has ever been, actually. For the first time ever, a majority of members of Congress are millionaires. That’s according to a new report by the Center for Responsive Politics – better known as OpenSecrets.org – that found at least 268 members of Congress that had an average net worth of at least $1 million in 2012.
Moreover, the median net worth in Congress as of May 2013 was $1,008,767. That’s up from a median of less than $1 million last year, meaning the men and women of Congress are getting richer. Good for them, I guess?
Who’s the richest of the rich? That would be Republican Darrell Issa from California, with an average net worth of $464,115,018. But don’t think this is a Republicans-only thing. Seven of the top 10 richest members of Congress are Democrats – the money flows on both sides of the aisle. The only female member of Congress to make the top 10 is Nancy Pelosi at tenth, but don’t feel too sorry for her: she’s worth almost $88 million.
Unsurprisingly, the Senate overall is much richer than the House of Representatives, with an average member worth of nearly $3 million compared to the House’s relatively paltry $896,004.
Numbers across the board are up from the year before, when less than half of members of Congress were worth $1 million. Check out the breakdown: