Top Ten Richest Members of Congress: Only 3 Are Republicans?

OK, what’s the deal, here? I thought all the rich folk was s’possed to be Republican? But in Roll Call’s list of the richest members of congress we find that the top ten is stuffed mostly with fatcat Democrats. Only three Republicans made the top ten richest list.

Gosh, what happened to the left’s meme?

Democrat Senator John Kerry has in the past been the richest fellow in congress, but he’s slipped to third place these days. The top two richest now happen to be Republicans, though. Texas Rep. Michael McCaul and California Rep. Darrell Issa take spots one and two respectively. But the next Republican doesn’t show up again until the tenth spot. All the rest of the top ten are Democrats.

So, what happened to the left’s storyline? Isn’t this proof that the left is full of it? I mean if “the rich” are only Republicans, shouldn’t the top ten be filled with Republicans, or at least mostly Republicans?

Roll Call’s Top Ten Richest Congressmen

  1. Rep. Michael McCaul (R, Texas) – $294.21 Million
  2. Rep. Darrell Issa (R, CA) – $220.40 Million
  3. Sen. John Kerry (D, Mass) – $193.07 Million
  4. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, W. Vir.) – $81.63 Million
  5. Sen. Mark Warner (D, Vir.) – $76.30 Million
  6. Rep. Jared Polis (D, Colo) – $65.91 Million
  7. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D, New Jersey) – $55.07 Million
  8. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D, Conn.) – $52.93 Million
  9. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, Calif) – $45.39 Million
  10. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R, Florida) – $44.39 Million

Actually, even the top spot is a bit deceptive. Most of the money that Republican McCaul has is apparently his wife’s. McCaul is married to Linda (Mays) McCaul, the daughter of Clear Channel Communications CEO and founder Lowry Mays. It seems that much of McCaul’s wealth comes from the Mays side of the family.

So, what the heck are all these Liberal Democrats doing with all this money, anyway? I thought they were all about “helping the poor”? Shouldn’t they be… I don’t know… giving all this money away?

Of course, we know that conservatives and Republicans give more of their money to charity than Democrats than liberals do, so I guess it isn’t really surprising.

Anyway, these lists are always more of a way to get readers and this one is Roll Call’s annual attempt. Make of it what you will.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's, and all Breitbart News' other sites,,, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on He is also the owner and operator of Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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