Template:PGI Top 100

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This chart shows the average yearly percentage change in net worth of the 100 congressional incumbents whose calculated net worth[1] divided by the number of years studied was the highest.[2]

  • The average increase in net worth in the Top 100 was 114% per year.[3]
  • Of the "Top 100", 56 are Republicans, 43 are Democrats and one is an Independent.
    • In total, the study looks at 320 Republicans, 296 Democrats and two Independents.

Rep. Chellie Pingree's dramatic net worth increase is due to her marriage. Because of this, Ballotpedia removed Pingree when calculating the averages for this study, while continuing to list her in the chart.

The study is able to have figures for freshman members of the 113th Congress from 2011, despite their terms beginning in 2012, because they were required to file Personal Finance Disclosure forms during their candidacies in 2011.

The Top 100 table includes a handful of politicians who left office during or after 2012.

Name Year elected Increase in average net worth
in dollars
Annual % increase
(rounded)[4]
Top 20: The average increase in net worth in the Top 20 was 422% a year, excluding Chellie Pingree.
Chellie Pingree (D-ME)[5] 2008 $40,450,969 73,039%
Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) 2008 $2,657,074 1,707%
Patrick Murphy (D-FL) 2012 $2,979,329 1,449%
Marc Veasey (D-TX) 2012 $208,078 994%
Jeff Denham (R-CA) 2010 $14,950,520 661%
Judy Chu (D-CA) 2009 $2,114,405 539%
Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) 1992 $2,406,313 521%
Jerry McNerney (D-CA) 2006 $365,779 335%
Trey Gowdy (R-SC) 2010 $178,596 278%
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) 2010 $162,818 211%
Ted Poe (R-TX) 2004 $413,795 161%
Mike Pence (R-IN)[6] 2000 $195,707 155%
Roy Blunt (R-MO) 1996-2008, 2010 $3,188,966 147%
Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) 1996 $2,752,664 144%
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) 2002 $224,056 144%
Susan Collins (R-ME) 1996 $2,635,243 138%
Rob Wittman (R-VA) 2006 $704,340 117%
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) 2004 $1,189,060 115%
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) 1992 $686,995 109%
C. W. Bill Young (R-FL)[7] 1970 $366,275 93%
Total by party (1-20)
11 of the Top 20 are Republicans. 9 are Democrats.
Top 21-40: The average increase in net worth in the Top 40 was 240% a year; for those in spots 21-40, it was 68%.[3]
Frank Pallone (D-NJ) 1992 $3,864,650 87%
Steven Palazzo (R-MS) 2010 $804,060 84%
Ted Cruz (R-TX) 2012 $1,399,128 83%
Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) 2012 $291,139 80%
Collin Peterson (D-MN) 1990 $1,380,192 78%
Martha Roby (R-AL) 2010 $661,156 77%
Martin Heinrich (D-NM) 2012 $135,563 77%
Steve Daines (R-MT) 2012 $10,532,917 76%
Jeff Landry (R-LA) 2010 $5,786,600 73%
Cory Gardner (R-CO) 2010 $89,730 71%
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 1984 $19,106,612 64%
David Scott (D-GA) 2002 $627,632 60%
Robert Pittenger (R-NC) 2012 $20,513,031 60%
Sam Graves (R-MO) 2000 $2,935,098 58%
Tom Harkin (D-IA) 1984 $14,821,804 58%
James P. McGovern (D-MA) 1996 $2,629,891 57%
Eni F. H. Faleomavaega (D-AS) 1988 $416,914 56%
Randy Forbes (R-VA) 2001 $2,343,406 55%
Tony Cardenas (D-CA) 2012 $104,570 54%
Chip Cravaack (R-MN) 2010 $1,208,094 53%
Total by party (1-40)
23 of the Top 40 are Republicans. 17 are Democrats.
Top 41-60: The average increase in net worth in the Top 60 was 173% a year; for those in spots 41-60, it was 42%.[3]
Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) 2012 $2,079,350 52%
Richard Burr (R-NC) 2004 $2,542,341 52%
Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) 2012 $561,800 51%
Matt Salmon (R-AZ) 2012 $86,024 50%
Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) 1994 $750,245 49%
John Garamendi (D-CA) 2009 $4,297,396 46%
Mac Thornberry (R-TX) 1994 $346,015 43%
Trent Franks (R-AZ) 2003 $25,640,241 43%
Roger Williams (R-TX) 2012 $5,616,366 41%
Elijah Cummings (D-MD) 1996 $702,304 41%
Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) 2012 $781,362 40%
Howard Berman (D-CA) 1982 $1,939,667 40%
John Olver (D-MA) 1991 $2,648,294 40%
Diana DeGette (D-CO) 1996 $1,444,000 40%
Ami Bera (D-CA) 2012 $1,437,149 39%
Ron Wyden (D-OR) 1996 $5,504,912 39%
Scott Tipton (R-CO) 2010 $3,366,748 37%
Randy Weber (R-TX) 2012 $220,074 36%
Brett Guthrie (R-KY) 2008 $884,543 36%
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) 2010 $496,403 36%
Total by party (1-60)
32 of the Top 60 are Republicans. 28 are Democrats.
Top 61-80: The average increase in net worth in the Top 80 was 137% a year; for those in spots 61-80, it was 30%.[3]
John Boccieri (D-OH) 2008 $218,075 36%
James Lankford (R-OK) 2010 $120,497 35%
John Cornyn (R-TX) 2002 $511,937 34%
Jim Costa (D-CA) 2004 $2,804,672 34%
Reid Ribble (R-WI) 2010 $1,710,369 31%
Richard Nugent (R-FL) 2010 $556,807 31%
Michael McCaul (R-TX) 2004 $101,614,818 31%
Brian P. Bilbray (R-CA) 1995-2001, 2006-2013 $1,156,068 31%
Trey Radel (R-FL) 2012 $935,007 30%
Mark Pocan (D-WI) 2012 $176,039 30%
Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 2006 $320,123 29%
Richard Hudson (R-NC) 2012 $37,302 28%
Justin Amash (R-MI) 2010 $700,625 28%
Don Young (R-AK) 1973 $600,853 28%
John Yarmuth (D-KY) 2006 $13,202,242 28%
Frank Lucas (R-OK) 1994 $1,074,682 27%
Michael G. Fitzpatrick (R-PA) 2005-2006, 2010 $296,135 26%
Bob Gibbs (R-OH) 2010 $694,262 26%
Ron Barber (D-AZ) 2012 $237,624 26%
Dan Boren (D-OK) 2004 $1,479,090 26%
Total by party (1-80)
45 of the Top 80 are Republicans. 34 are Democrats.
Top 81-100: The average increase in net worth in the Top 100 was 114% a year; for those in spots 81-100, it was 22.2%.[3]
David Joyce (R-OH) 2012 $862,513 25%
John Hoeven (R-ND) 2010 $15,700,072 24%
Tim Kaine (D-VA) 2012 $269,522 24%
Jerry Costello (D-IL) 1988 $702,191 24%
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) 1988 $99,182 24%
Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 1996 $4,589,580 23%
Tom Rice (R-SC) 2012 $1,010,090 23%
Pete Visclosky (D-IN) 1984 $873,376 23%
Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) 2002 $3,296,405 22%
Paul Ryan (R-WI) 1998 $3,455,342 22%
Scott Peters (D-CA) 2012 $20,248,262 22%
Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) 1998 $149,707 22%
John Boozman (R-AR) 2010 $2,259,240 22%
Mike Kelly (R-PA) 2010 $5,444,290 21%
Ed Royce (R-CA) 1992 $243,438 21%
Max Baucus (D-MT) 1978 $322,591 21%
Todd Rokita (R-IN) 2010 $283,402 21%
Jim Matheson (D-UT) 2000 $1,112,497 20%
Donna Christian-Christensen (D-VI) 1996 $400,730 20%
Morgan Griffith (R-VA) 2010 $87,488 20%
Total by party (1-100)
56 of the Top 100 are Republicans. 43 are Democrats.

Negative to positive increases

Because the study focuses on percentage increases, a gap in the study it is difficult to determine a meaningful percentage for a member who had a starting net worth in the negatives but increased to a positive net worth by 2012. However, there were substantial increases in wealth of the members who fell into this category. For the 49 members who went from a negative net worth to a positive net worth, the average increase was $3.4 million per member.[8]

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