It would be an understatement to say that most members of the 116th United States Congress aren't poor. While most elected national representatives make an annual base salary of $174,000, Congressional leaders like the Speaker of the House make more (She makes $223,500). But most members have much more than that thanks to family money, business investments and, in one case, a freshman congressman with a winning lottery ticket.
But these politicians’ net worths have little in common with the typical financial situation of American families. The median household income in the U.S. is $61,372, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
To rank members of Congress we looked mostly at reporting from Roll Call, which has been ranking politicians’ wealth since 1990. We also looked did independent research into the finances the new members of the 116th Congress.
Interestingly, because of the political climate, many “un-monied” lawmakers made it to the 116th Congress. Among them: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.).
Finally, the 2017 real median household income levels per state are from the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey.
Here's our list of the 28 richest members of the 116th Congress.