Top Ten Richest Members of Congress: Only 3 Are Republicans?

-By Warner Todd Huston

OK, what’s the deal, here? I thought all the rich folk was s’possed to be Republican? But in Roll Call’s list of the richest members of congress we find that the top ten is stuffed mostly with fatcat Democrats. Only three Republicans made the top ten richest list.

Gosh, what happened to the left’s meme?

Democrat Senator John Kerry has in the past been the richest fellow in congress, but he’s slipped to third place these days. The top two richest now happen to be Republicans, though. Texas Rep. Michael McCaul and California Rep. Darrell Issa take spots one and two respectively. But the next Republican doesn’t show up again until the tenth spot. All the rest of the top ten are Democrats.

So, what happened to the left’s storyline? Isn’t this proof that the left is full of it? I mean if “the rich” are only Republicans, shouldn’t the top ten be filled with Republicans, or at least mostly Republicans?

Roll Call’s Top Ten Richest Congressmen

  1. Rep. Michael McCaul (R, Texas) – $294.21 Million
  2. Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA) – $220.40 Million
  3. Sen. John Kerry (D, Mass) – $193.07 Million
  4. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, W. Vir.) – $81.63 Million
  5. Sen. Mark Warner (D, Vir.) – $76.30 Million
  6. Rep. Jared Polis (D, Colo) – $65.91 Million
  7. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D, New Jersey) – $55.07 Million
  8. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D, Conn.) – $52.93 Million
  9. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif) – $45.39 Million
  10. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R, Florida) – $44.39 Million

Actually, even the top spot is a bit deceptive. Most of the money that Republican McCaul has is apparently his wife’s. McCaul is married to Linda (Mays) McCaul, the daughter of Clear Channel Communications CEO and founder Lowry Mays. It seems that much of McCaul’s wealth comes from the Mays side of the family.

So, what the heck are all these Liberal Democrats doing with all this money, anyway? I thought they were all about “helping the poor”? Shouldn’t they be… I don’t know… giving all this money away?

Of course, we know that conservatives and Republicans give more of their money to charity than Democrats than liberals do, so I guess it isn’t really surprising.

Anyway, these lists are always more of a way to get readers and this one is Roll Call’s annual attempt. Make of it what you will.


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  • It is because of people like you, both democrat and republican, who play games with the truth, that our country is mired in inaction. You spin doctors are all the same. I hope there is a special place in the after life for the dishonest. Curious that you purposely chose on only the top ten. There are 435 members of the house of representative and 100 senators. Using ten as a sample is statistically invalid. Second you undoubtly chose to ignore the CNN report yesterday that found of richest 50 in congress 39 are republicans. (It would be worse if you twisted it to fit your agenda.)Third you chose to excuse one of your favorites because he got his money from marrage but significant of a true spinner you did not do the same for Kerry. This sophmoric trickery of spinning the facts to support nonsensical thinking has to stop. Everyone needs to be honest even if being honest does not support your agenda. Sadly there is no honor anymore. Everyone has to win at all costs and the cost is honesty and honor. Oh and the article you so credit regarding who is more generous is also sophestry. It makes numerous extrapolations based on data but only to support their agenda. None of the lines of reasoning standup to critical thinking. The fact is that congress no longer represents the middle class. Members of congress are only interested in protecting their jobs. For the most part they are all rich. They could care less if you or I have a job, can retire, or get sick. Fortunately for them they have their blinded minions on both the right and left to help them.

  • Your reply was so historically ignorant (not to mention badly spelled) that I don't even know where to start... but suffice to say, Congress has ALWAYS been filled with "the rich." Folks of "the middle class" do not become congressmen. You might want to actually get to know the history of your own country before you spout off next time.

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