The Richest Members of U.S. Congress

House Holds Hearing On Boston Marathon Bombings

People working for the United States government are respected and considered to be worth a lot. While we know their jobs give them a lot of power, there is never much front page news relating to how much these people make or what they are worth. It’s not cheap to organize and run a successful political campaign, so let’s take a look at the richest members of the U.S. Congress.

5. Senator Mark Warner – $76.3 Million

Mark Warner smartly got into the telecom business and founded Nextel telecommunications, which has been consistently successful for him. The senator is also a stakeholder in an investing company worth millions that has provided him with a large return. Otherwise, Warner is always looking for ways to save himself money by cutting back on debt and liabilities, which end up keeping millions in his pocket.

4. Senator Jay Rockefeller – $86.6 Million

Rockefeller inherited his money through being the descendant of an oil tycoon, but smartly put all of his money into three blind trusts that are worth about $80 million. He knows how to reduce his debt and was able to get rid of a $50,000 loan owed by his wife. He works with JPMorgan Chase Bank in New York and just seems to know how to maintain his money well.

3. Former Senator now Secretary of State John Kerry – $193 Million

John Kerry married into his wealth because his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry is a descendant of the ketchup company fortune. The exact number of how much they inherited is unknown because it only has to be reported in a category of $1 million or more. Apparently over 140 different assets of Kerry’s were able to be placed in that category keeping a decent amount of his wealth a secret.

2. Representative Darrell Issa – $220.4 million

Issa found success in creating the California located Directed Electronics, a company that makes and sells car alarms. The Congressman now puts his money towards two companies that deal with office and industrial properties. Issa finds ways to save himself money and keep his companies running successfully so that the income keeps flowing.

1. Representative Michael McCaul – $294.2 Million

McCaul, like Kerry, is this wealthy because of money inherited by his wife. Linda McCaul is the daughter of the founder of Clear Channel Communications which is valued at $8.3 billion right now. The McCauls have basically managed the stockpile of inherited wealth and even opened two trusts for their children already, so their money seems to be secure and only growing.

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Basketball Players Boxers Celebrities Football Coaches Football Players Golfers Politicians Skateboarders Soccer Players Tennis Wrestlers
20 Things You Didn’t Know about Conor McGregor
The 6 Richest Lawyers in the World
Floyd Mayweather cars
The Most Expensive Items Floyd Mayweather Has Ever Purchased
The Most Expensive Cars Ever Listed on Craigslist
1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
The 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Was One of the Most Expensive Cars in the World
Jay Leno Car Collection
5 Celebrities With the Finest Car Collections Out There
The Five Most Expensive Corvettes Ever Sold
The Most Expensive Cabana Packages in Las Vegas
Five of the Most Gorgeous Villas To Rent in Miami
The Top 5 Airport Lounges In The World
Five Luxurious Cayman Islands Packages You’ve Got to Try
Most expensive Rolex
The 15 Most Expensive Rolex Watches of All-Time
The Five Most Expensive Monochrome Watches Available Today
A Guide for the First-Time Rolex Buyer
Why We Love the The 2016 Rolex Air-King
The Top Five Women’s Sneakers Brands in 2016
Five Upcoming Sneaker Collections to Check out in August
Five of the Most Expensive Sneakers at Sneakerness Berlin
Five Sneaker Brands to Look for at New York Market Week
Most Expensive Steaks
5 of the Most Expensive Steaks of All-Time
most expensive Whiskey
10 Most Expensive Whiskeys in the World
Most Expensive Truffles
The Five Most Expensive Truffles of All-Time
Most Expensive Bottles of Scotch
The 10 Most Expensive Bottles of Scotch in the World
The Five Most Expensive Hotels in Switzerland
The 5 Best Hotels in Macau
The Top 5 Most Gorgeous Hotels in Tanzania
expensive all inclusive Caribbean resorts
The Most Expensive All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean