This Map Shows You The Richest Politician In Every State

Did you know that George Washington was so rich that he wanted to reject his presidential salary? Wealth has always been a part of American politics, but, recently, political wealth crossed a new milestone (most Congresspeople are millionaires).

This map from shows the richest politician in every state, and reveals just how rich they really are.


There are 34 states with Republicans as their richest politicians, 15 with Democrats, and one with an Independent. Interestingly, every single one is in Congress. There are no executive branch politicians, including governors, whatsoever.

Geographic Influence

In many places, the results were predictable. No richest-in-state Democrats can be found in the South, but there is a cluster in New England.

There are a few surprises, though. For instance, the richest politicians in Democratic strongholds California and New York are Republicans. The Midwest is split evenly. And despite being severely outnumbered, there are a few very wealthy Democrats in the top five on this list.

Top 10 Richest Politicians in Each State

1. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) - $330M

2. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) - $313.6M

3. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) - $238.2M

4. Rep. John K. Delaney (D-MD) - $232.8M

5. Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI) - $177.1M

6. Rep. Vernon Buchanan (R-FL) - $115.5M

7. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) - $81.7M

8. Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) - $75.3M

9. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) - $66.4M

10. Rep. Thomas MacArthur (R-NJ) - $64M

The 50 politicians on this map are worth just under $2.5B altogether. These ten officials have a cumulative net worth of nearly $1.7B by themselves.

Gender Disparity

We already know that the gender pay gap is pervasive. This remains true in politics.

Of the 50 highly paid politicians on our visualization, only six are women. We couldn’t find any patterns explaining why these states had such wealthy female politicians. Among the women, there is a 4:2 Republican advantage and they are scattered across all parts of the country, from Hawaii to New England.

The wealthiest among them is Tennessee’s Republican Representative, Diane Black ($75.3M).

Political Wealth vs. General Wealth

While some politicians are very wealthy, not all are. Over 100 members of Congress actually have negative net worths, and a handful are right around zero. (Check out Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress Index for a deep dive into Congressional finances.).

We also found that political wealth pales in comparison to the state-by-state wealth of non-politicians. Nearly every state’s richest person is a billionaire, but no politicians (aside from Donald Trump, who doesn’t represent a single state) have reached that pinnacle.

Editor’s Note: Al Franken, the junior Senator from Minnesota, has announced his resignation, after being accused of sexual misconduct by several women. Until his resignation is official, he remains the wealthiest politician in Minnesota, with a net worth of $7.1M.



FakeTapper Dec 17, 2017 5:57 PM Permalink

this is a bullshit article for bitches. Bruce Rauner is worth a billion and the governor of illinois. dont see him fucking anywhere on this list. dont waste my fucking time.

Honest John Dec 17, 2017 2:34 PM Permalink

The immortal words of one of my former bosses, “Un político pobre es un pobre político”.  A poor politician is a poor politician indeed!  haha.  If only I could lie without my face turning red, I would have been one too!

TeethVillage88s Dec 17, 2017 1:48 PM Permalink

So let me get this straight Senator...

- You want to send our Capital & Financing, our technology, our low level jobs of our kids, young men & women, our information service jobs, and Hi-Value-Added Chain Jobs overseas... and we'll just become like the UK or use more credit and credit cards... along with deficit spending for more social programs and welfare
- But Senator you also say don't worry about Anti-trust, money trust, or the amount of lobbying in Washington DC?

I just don't get it senator. The Industrial Might of the USA supposedly saved Europe from the Nat-Zis.

Senator doesn't the History books all tell how the USA become a great nation through Industrialization and now you are going to De-Industrialize the USA. Well, Senator... where are the Jobs going to go? How is the UK doing these days with the youth not bothering to find work and binge drinking and fighting in the pubs every week?

Senator, you are tell us, the whole country, that the history we were taught was all wrong.

Or maybe 2 years of investigation of Donald Trump who floated running for president before... reflects USELESSNESS of Big Media Journalism and maybe they lie to us all the time for 'Progressive Agenda Motivations'? Maybe Big TBTF Lobbyists and Transnationals are a threat to the people.

We would just like the truth from you each week, Senator. Can you handle that?

TeethVillage, Poster Boy

ALANBEEKMAN Dec 17, 2017 1:37 PM Permalink

Would be interesting to see a comparative graphicshowing their net worth BEFORE they entered Congress.Could be useful in debunking the myth that many enterpolitics to get rich. Hahaha!

hooligan2009 Dec 17, 2017 11:39 AM Permalink

this is not a good representation - it is coincidental and does not show the depth of graft via politicians over get a meaningful representation of the earnings of politicians from graft and pork barrel politics, someone (not me) needs to strip out earnings made from politics and earnings from businesses unelated to legislation, insider trading and embezzlement.start with hillary clinton, go to maxine waters, al green, debbie wasserman schultz, pocahontas, loretta lynch and then you will be doing some real reportingfor example, pelosi might not be the wealthiest politician in CA, butfrom here:…"By 2014, she and her husband, investment banker Paul Pelosi, were doing even better: She reported between $43.4 million and $202 million in assets." 

redmudhooch Dec 17, 2017 10:27 AM Permalink

Wow, thats a lot of anti-American sellouts.Corruption is the problem, until we resolve the bribery problem nothing will change.End the Fed scam, BAN AIPAC and all foreign lobbies, undo Citizens United, get a handle on the MIC....would be a good starting point to MAGA.Stop voting for these corrupt traitors.

Batman11 Dec 17, 2017 9:56 AM Permalink

It’s always the same at the end.“The works of the contemporary historians of Baghdad in the early tenth century are still available. They deeply deplored the degeneracy of the times in which they lived, emphasising particularly the indifference to religion, the increasing materialism and the laxity of sexual morals. They lamented also the corruption of the officials of the government and the fact that politicians always seemed to amass large fortunes while they were in office.”Once finance rules the end is nigh.Sir John Glubb's essay “The Fate Of Empires” last age is the age of decadence and its here.The tipping point:“The immense wealth accumulated in the nation dazzles the onlookers. Enough of the ancient virtues of courage, energy and patriotism survive to enable the state successfully to defend its frontiers. But, beneath the surface, greed for money is gradually replacing duty and public service. Indeed the change might be summarised as being from service to selfishness.”As Wall Street gained control, the US went down the pan.

DonFromWyoming Dec 17, 2017 9:19 AM Permalink

Fake news.  This may be a list of the richest FEDERAL government elected official from each state, but its certainly not the richest politician in the state.  Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming is worth many times more than the $8m attributed to Senator Barrasso.

SummerSausage Dec 17, 2017 9:11 AM Permalink

The Republican politicians made their wealth by meeting the needs of consumers.  The Democrats got wealthy by purchasing a spot at the taxpayer funded public trough.I doubt that Issa is the wealthiest politician in California. There has to be some accounting slight of hand involved here. Feinstein's husband got a $1 billion contract from the CA train to nowhere and a $2 billion contract to sell post office real estate from the US gov't.  The Pelosi's have a stream of revenue from SF real-estate they lease to the government and apartment buildings they own but obtain government grants to renovate in addition to the special licenses they secured for fishing rights.

Bay Area Guy Dec 17, 2017 7:22 AM Permalink

They obviously aren't including spousal net worth in any of this because Richard Blum, Dianne Feinstein's husband, has a net worth over $1 billion, a lot of it from getting sweetheart deals on government contracts.

Goodsport 1945 Dec 17, 2017 6:55 AM Permalink

Today crime pays as well as politics.  A more interesting study would track the net worth of these parasites annually based on the number of years of service to themselves and their handlers.

One of We Dec 17, 2017 2:22 AM Permalink

If I was in their position, had similarly low morals, pretty much hated my country, and was compromised I would be much richer than these.  Fucking pikers the lot of them.....

JustPastPeacefield Dec 17, 2017 12:45 AM Permalink

Good thing John F. Kerry is out of politics. He'd have them all look like paupers. He earned his money the old-fashioned way - he fucked his way into it. And his insufferable wife got it the same way - she married the ketchup king of America and lucked out when he got killed. Birds of a feather ...But our current number one here in the Bay State, well, he earned it the honorable way - he inherited it from his great-grandfather who ran booze during Prohibition. Speak easy about that when you're around him. Could be a sensitive subject.Liz Warren 'earned' her fortune by pretending to be a Native American and scoring an AA position at Harvard, then parlaying that position into a U.S. Senate seat because she has a vagina. Vagina pink is the new black. MeToo!This is the best we can do? Really?

BetterRalph Dec 17, 2017 12:44 AM Permalink


Give away secrets on leaky Servers
Smashing awan doped Blackberries
Turn in fake images

if the richest person in the world got arrested would they still be the richest?

Blurb Dec 17, 2017 12:07 AM Permalink

A couple of observations. 1) I have more respect for Orrin Hatch - obviously hands are clean given how long he's been around (if his number is accurate - see below).2) How the hell do you live in AK or HI on that much? These numbers must be wrong.3) I'm richer than a few of these bastards.  :) Ergo, these numbers are only what they want us to think. 

any_mouse Dec 16, 2017 11:12 PM Permalink

"Of the 50 highly paid politicians on our visualization, only six are women."

The graphic is of personal wealth, not annual income. Nothing to do with "pay".

More interesting would be the change in wealth from before politics to now.

RozKo Dec 16, 2017 10:45 PM Permalink

and yet every last one of them still needs to shit, put their pants on in the morning and will be just as dead as the poorest person when they finally pass...

JailBanksters Dec 16, 2017 10:43 PM Permalink

The only reason rich people go into politics is to make even more money by doing even less work.They don't do it for the benefit of the people. Now I'll bet every Trump and Hillary supporter will down vote it because, no they did because they wanted to fix the country mann !!

JibjeResearch Dec 16, 2017 10:33 PM Permalink

One way to fix our nation is to allow people to vote what percentage of the revenue collected from last year will be used for different block of spending the next year.  This will speed up the process of getting the budget done.  We can not leave it up to those imbeciles to get things done correctly.

insanelysane Dec 16, 2017 10:06 PM Permalink

Why do people with over $50 million in wealth want to work for a living???  Not that being a politician is work but you do have to show up every so often and answer so questions.

Ms No Dec 16, 2017 10:04 PM Permalink

These people were made rich by the creators of Marxist Communism and it's current slightly varied form, for being traitors to their own people.  Who made them rich and why is the more important issue.  Everything is falling apart and they are likely to all end up screwed, which is great news because before recently there were no signs to be found that they would ever pay for what they have done. 

Endgame Napoleon ClickNLook Dec 17, 2017 1:24 AM Permalink

Congress is giving itself a tax cut, with even more tax welfare for citizen and immigrant parents serving as a decoy. It is a Merry Christmas for The Swamp and for part-time-worker moms, whether they citizens and immigrants.

Those of us who do not have children, and who live in the many states where per capita income is around $19k, get a lump of coal for standing in lines to vote for Trump and congressional Republicans.

Many of the dual, high-earner parents who regard Trump and the Republicans as racists are rewarded in this tax bill, as are many non-voting illegal immigrants who already get child tax credits up to $6,444, when they bother to report their income, in addition to free food that increases with each US-both kid.

Single moms who are citizens additionally get free housing and monthly cash assistance for working part time to stay brlow the earned-income limit for welfare. Few of them voted for Trump. Most did not bother to vote, but those who did voted for Hillary.

Other winners include moms working part time for low wages to add keeping-up-with-the-Jones’ money to a spouse’s income, which likewise helps drive wages down for citizens who must live on earned-only income, with no child tax credits that equal 3 months of full-time pay and no free housing or food.

Jingle bells, rich people and so-called “poor” parents, with your layers of pay-per-birth freebies from The Swamp’s bad of tricks.

All of the parents — rich and poor alike — have plenty of excused time off from work to spend thousands in tax cuts or tax welfare. Many spend it on parent pampering.

Swampians may not use their tax savings to buy as many $900 tattoos as the “poor working moms,” but they will use their Christmas gift from the US Treasury Department to take lengthy and frequent babyvacations, even five minutes of which would cause childless people to get fired.

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