The Center for Responsive Politics recently released its report on the nation's wealthiest U.S. representatives and senators.
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