Meet Congress’s richest man

Meet Congress’s richest man
© Anne Wernikoff

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is likely the richest member of Congress, according to an analysis by The Hill.

Issa, the former CEO of a car alarm company, had at least $392 million in financial assets at the end of 2013, according to a financial disclosure form he filed over the summer.

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Although the Republican’s net worth has fallen $38 million from 2012, Issa’s wealth remains a step above his peers. The lawmaker who comes closest, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), reported having more than $118 million in assets at the end of 2013.

Among the other richest members of Congress are Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.Va.), who had a minimum net worth of $118.1 million, and Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerElection hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security Are Democrats trying to pin the blame for their own sins on Russia? Policymakers forget duty to protect taxpayers from financial failures MORE (D-Va.), who had $93.4 million.

Most of Issa’s wealth is held in investment accounts. The 60-year-old lawmaker had six assets worth more than $50 million each — down from seven in 2012 — and 11 assets worth at least $5 million each.

Issa made his fortune as the chief executive of Directed Electronics, which manufactures car alarms and other automotive products.

The disclosure forms filed by lawmakers do not provide a precise measurement of wealth: lawmakers can report the value of their investments, bank accounts and loans in vast ranges. One category that lawmakers can mark, for instance, ranges from $5 million to $25 million.

Among congressional leaders, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) remains the richest, with a net worth of at least $24.45 million in the 2013 calendar year.

Among other high-level investments, the Pelosies have a home and vineyard in Napa, Calif., that’s worth more than $5 million. Her husband, Paul, has several real estate assets, including a $1 million investment in a hotel. He also has a $5 million to $25 million stake in the Sacramento Mountain Lions, a team in the United Football League.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSenate Dems set principles for potential budget negotiation Dem senator: Don't bet against McConnell on ObamaCare repeal Speaker Ryan, the fate of our policy toward Russia rests in your hands MORE (R-Ky.) is worth a minimum of about $12 million, while Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCharles Koch thanks Harry Reid for helping his book sales Warren cautions Dems against infighting Dems see surge of new candidates MORE (D-Nev.) and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ohio) have at least a $2.9 million and $2.3 million net worth, respectively.

One of the new members of House leadership, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has personal loans, a revolving credit account and mortgages that put his minimum net worth in the red, at negative $671,000.

Scalise listed four assets worth anywhere from $1,001 to $15,000 — a Capital One bank account, stock in Cisco Systems and two retirement accounts.