The Richest Jews in Congress (yawn)

 Monday, September 14th, 2009

Roll Call, one of two Capitol Hill newspapers, came out with its list of the 50 richest members of Congress today, and once again Jewish lawmakers are well represented – but far from dominant.


Three of the top ten moneybags are Jewish. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) ranks third, with  assets of $112 million; Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are eighth and ninth on the list.  Sen. John Kerry (D-Calif) came out on top this year,  with Rep. Darrell Issa R-Calif) running a close second.


At the other end of the moneyed 50 list: Sen. Herb Kohl (R-Wisc.) is 49, Rep. Shelley Berkley is 50, but neither is headed to the poorhouse, with net worths of over $5 million.


It wasn’t a good year for lawmakers, financially, although that means something different from what it means for ordinary shmos in the workforce.


According to Roll Call, “while the 50 richest Members of Congress remain financially flush — each with a minimum net worth of nearly $5.5 million — many of them suffered significant financial losses in 2008.”


Poor John Kerry reported a 28 decline since last year, the paper reports.


What does it mean? Well, it means that Jewish lawmakers are affluent, but that’s hardly a surprise; you don’t find a lot of poor folks or working stiffs in Congress.


Jews comprise about 12 percent of the “richest lawmakers” list – and about 8 percent of Congress, overall.


Big deal, right?

About the Author
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.