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Wealth of Congress: How the Rich Got Richer (Video)

Issa and Norton reflect the spectrum of congressional wealth. Visit the Roll Call Wealth of Congress Index to see the net worth of every member of the 114th Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If Congress ever raises taxes on the 1 percent, nearly 10 percent of members will face the hike.

That’s one simplistic way of comprehending how much better the economic standing of the nation’s lawmakers is compared to the financial positions of their constituents.

Politics of a Pay Raise for Congress: Still Toxic (Video)

Hastings says Congress needs a raise. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When the doors slid shut on Capitol Hill’s private, members-only elevators last spring, colleagues started to tell then-Rep. James P. Moran their honest opinion of his proposed housing stipend: Congress desperately needs a raise.  

“You’re a real sport for taking it on, Jim,” the retired Virginia Democrat said he heard from members, once they were out of the earshot of reporters. Speaking from his desk at McDermott Will & Emery’s Government Strategies Practice Group Tuesday, the congressman-turned-lobbyist lamented the lack of political courage on the Hill from lawmakers who “learned how to tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to know.”  

Whitfield Denies Helping His Wife's Financial Interests in Congress

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Rep. Edward Whitfield is facing new allegations he has been using his House seat for family gain and is pushing back against a report that he was using his position to boost his wife's stock portfolio.  

On Nov. 21, 2012, Constance Harriman-Whitfield, the Kentucky Republican's wife, was elected to the board of LaserLock Technologies, Inc., a security technology company that delivers product and document authentication aimed at combating counterfeiting and fraud in health care and other industries.  

The Have-Nots: 132 Members Show Negative Net Worth

Roll Call ranks Brooks No. 407 in Congress because of his negative minimum net worth. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While the wealth of Congress surged $150 million last year and at least a third of federal lawmakers are millionaires, there's a sizable group of have-nots in Congress too.  

Some 132 members of Congress — nearly a quarter — have a negative minimum net worth. That includes the 10 "Poorest" Members of Congress, who all have substantial debt .  

West Virginia's Members of Congress Wealthiest, Arkansas Lawmakers are Poorest

Capito is a member of the richest delegation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the richest  member of Congress, might hail from California, but the Golden State does not actually have the richest delegation, according to the first-of-its kind Roll Call ranking of every single member of Congress  based on financial disclosure forms covering 2013.  

Roll Call's ranking by minimum net worth as of the 2014 disclosures gives readers a clear view of which states truly have the richest and poorest delegations and the widest gaps between each state's lawmakers.  

These Members of Congress Report Having No Assets

Moran was one of just two members of Congress not to report any assets or liabilities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a Congress packed with millionaires and near-millionaires , six lawmakers stand out on the other end of the spectrum — they didn’t report a single asset on their financial disclosure forms.  

The lack of a reported investment asset alone doesn’t mean these lawmakers are penniless, and none of them have enough debt to land on Roll Call's list of the 10 'Poorest' Members of Congress .   (Visit our interactive to see the full ranking, which includes representatives, senators and delegates. Because there are three vacancies in Congress, there are 538 members on the list.) Several common types of assets do not have to be reported: checking accounts that don’t bear interest, home equity and personal possessions such as cars and furnishings.  

Wealth of Congress Jumps $150 Million

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It was a good year for members of Congress in one respect: their pocketbooks.  

Roll Call has for decades calculated the "50 Richest" members of Congress by poring through financial disclosure forms, and this year, we've taken the added step of tallying the minimum net worth of every member of Congress .   (Visit our interactive to see the full ranking, which includes representatives, senators and delegates. Because there are three vacancies in Congress, there are 538 members on the list.) The combined minimum net worth of Congress jumped — up more than $150 million to $2.1 billion — according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of the financial disclosure forms for every member of Congress and delegate who filed one for 2013.  

Ethics Office Finds Evidence Petri Violated House Rules

Petri will get a look, says the House Ethics Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Ethics Committee announced on Tuesday it will continue to investigate whether Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., used his position in Congress to help certain companies in which he held significant financial interest.  

But that's the last the public will likely hear of the investigation.  

5 Vacancies on Next Year's 50 Richest List

Rockefeller is the wealthiest lawmaker who is retiring. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There are at least five lawmakers topping Roll Call’s 50 Richest Members of Congress list for the final time. They are the wealthiest retirees who also happen to be on our Casualty List .  

Of course, any number of lawmakers on the 50 Richest list facing tough re-election campaigns  might not make it back for the 114th Congress.  

Just 9 Women Rank in 50 Richest

Feinstein is the wealthiest woman in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Only nine women made it onto Roll Call’s  50 Richest Members of Congress  list this year, and all are Democrats — save for lone Republican Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., emerged as the wealthiest female lawmaker with a minimum net worth of nearly $44 million. Feinstein listed no liabilities and most of her assets were investments in a variety of corporations. 50RichestLogo Two other female Democratic senators joined Feinstein on the list: Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.  

McCaskill ranked in the middle of the pack with a minimum net worth of roughly $18 million, thanks mostly to her husband, who made a fortune in real estate development.