Majority of Congress members now millionaires
January 9th, 2014
05:43 PM ET
9 years ago

Majority of Congress members now millionaires

New York (CNNMoney) - For the first time ever, more than half of current members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new report from the non-profit Center for Responsive Politics.

Among the 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more for 2012, the CRP said, citing disclosure forms filed last year. A year ago, the total stood at 257 members, or about 48%.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    No wonder they don't care about the average American. The rich get richer while the poor and the middle class toil in abject poverty.

    January 9, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Bigd9749

    Who says crime don't pay

    January 9, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. granny

    how do they become millionaires after a few terms in congress, and they make $175,00.00 a year. I need to learn that math

    January 9, 2014 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |

    Like this is a surprise?

    The surprise is most democrats don't even know that the Senate is part of congress.

    January 9, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Precisely why we MUST set term limits on both houses.

    January 9, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Smitty

    And this is surprising ???

    January 9, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    While they drive us into the poorhouse.

    January 9, 2014 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    All that money and they are still considered BUMS by most Americans !!!!!!

    January 9, 2014 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. dwayne

    great, Just what we all need.
    A worthless bunch that don't give a crap about the average person and how hard we all struggle to make a decent life out of ourselves.
    I don't know what else to say.
    A very broken system .

    January 9, 2014 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. RonL

    This is not new information. I believe CNN wrote a similar article last year. This reflects why many of them have such a "tin ear" toward the less fortunate among us.

    January 9, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  11. The Truth

    Hmmm.... Congress has such low approval ratings, but yet such high reelection ratings. How could this be?

    January 9, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  12. ED1

    Well yea they have insider trading information.

    January 9, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. ja

    most are double dipping, unproductive, are we surprised, legislation is written for corporate, not the masses

    January 9, 2014 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  14. Winston Smith

    This is news? Were than any among you that had the idea they were poor? For those believing your congressperson to be of meager means, please don't vote this next election. You actually need help, help in the form of psychiatry and educational pursuit.

    January 9, 2014 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  15. newsreader

    There isn't any problem with being a millionaire. It is that suddenly you want to keep everyone who isn't in their place below you. With no way or means to rise above it. Labor is so much cheaper if you can keep the workers in poverty.

    January 9, 2014 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    It goes to show that only the wealthy can be elected to Congress and write the laws for all of us. No wonder why so many in Congress don't like social welfare programs. They don't see the need because they can't look beyond their own door.

    January 9, 2014 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Blinded by the republican lie

    Figures...That's why they don't care about the rest of us and those that are struggling...

    January 10, 2014 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  18. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Issa the GOP thug and insurance scammer is at the top of the list with 450 million dallars, I'm sure he can't relate to anybody on foodstamps or without healthcare and should be in jail not in congress these GOP trash need to be kicked out of office. They represent the one % and should get one% of the vote!!!!!!

    January 10, 2014 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  19. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    So! A million dollar net worth is not all that much. This is just more red meat for the liberal left to feed on.

    January 10, 2014 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  20. rob

    Funny how the American dream used to be that ome could be successful. The obama administration has made an agenda out of villianizing those who are. ....Wait. No. Apparently we are supposed to hate "certain" successful people.
    I wonder what percent of NBA players are millionaires? NFL? Movie actors? Jayz? Beonce? Opra? Al Sharpton?
    Its these class and race baiting articles that is the foundation of liberal propaganda.

    January 10, 2014 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  21. rob

    What percent of the NBA? NFL? Or is that Ok?
    Who are we supposed to hate? Just let me know.

    January 10, 2014 07:14 am at 7:14 am |