No one from Missouri makes its Top 10 list
, but that doesn't mean we don't have some worthy contenders. Turns out we actually have some of the richest -- and poorest -- politicians in Washington, based on the financial disclosures the elected officials file each year.
Here, then, is the average net worth* of Missouri's congressional delegation based on those disclosures:
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): $26.5 million
Sen. Roy Blunt (R): $3.7 millionRepresentatives
William Lacy Clay (D - Dist. 1): $32,000
Todd Akin (R - Dist. 2): $160,000
Russ Carnahan (D - Dist. 3): $328,000
Vicky Hartzler (R - Dist. 4): $8.9 million
Emanuel Cleaver (D - Dist. 5): $891,500
Sam Graves (R - Dist. 6): $1.1 million
Billy Long (R - Dist. 7): $2.4 million
Jo Ann Emerson (R - Dist. 8): $490,500
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R - Dist. 9): $3.4 million
Total them up and they add up to $47.9 million, of which McCaskill's fortunes (courtesy of her developer husband, Joseph Shepard) account for over half. Hartzler, the second-weatlhiest Missouri politician in D.C., owns a farm equipment business
with her husband, Lowell.
Lacy Clay is the poorest of the group. In fact, he's one of the least-wealthy people in all of Congress, ranking as the 395th richest member of the 435-person House of Representatives.
*Center for Responsive Politics uses a range to estimate the average net wealth. More information on that can be found here
The Center for Responsive Politics recently released its report on the nation's wealthiest U.S. representatives and senators.