As of 6 a.m. today, The Hill has named its second annual list of 50 Wealthiest Members of Congress based on 2009 disclosures. Sen. John Kerry comes in at number 1.
In today’s list in The Hill, Kerry is up from last year’s list, when he was also number 1.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) tops the list for the second year in a row. His minimum net worth was $188.6 million at the end of 2009, up by more than $20 million from 2008, according to his financial disclosure form.
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” featured the list this morning by having Managing Editor Bob Cusack on as a guest. Co-host Joe Scarborough joked that when he was in Congress he used to stay up late at night reading these lists and eating Ramen Noodles. “I love Ramen Noodles,” agreed co-host Mika Brzezinski.
Cusack said some members will make their wealth and then run for Congress. “Some of them obviously self-finance their campaigns,” he said. “It is a concern that a lot of people say, ‘Hey, the average Joe can’t get into Congress.’”
Scarborough perked up and said, “I got in … with my Ramen Noodles.”
The Hill isn’t the first publication to try to stake the richest members of Congress as an annual feature. Roll Call has named “The 50 Richest Members of Congress” for 22 years, a publication source told FishbowlDC, adding that it’s one of Roll Call‘s “signature” lists. Kerry ranked 1 in both 2008 and 2009 on Roll Call’s lists. In 2009, he rolled in with $167.55 million, after having an identical net worth in 2008.
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2. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), with a net worth of $160.1 million, is the second-richest member of Congress under The HillÂ’s formula, even though his wealth declined by more than $4 million in 2009.
3. He is followed by Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), who saw her net wealth leap to $152.3 million, a jump of more than $40 million from a year ago.
4. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), 5. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) (THE ONLY NEWCOMER TO THE TOP TEN), 6. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), 7. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), 8. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), 9. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and 10. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).