The 25 poorest members of Congress
The media and pundits like to take politicians to task for living a cushy lifestyle that's worlds apart from the everyday experiences of average Americans. But a handful of members of Congress share one key characteristic with many of their constituents: dwindling bank accounts.
Using data from the Center for Responsive Politics, InsideGov looked at the financials of the 535 members of Congress and found the poorest members. The Center for Responsive Politics collects information from personal financial disclosure documents, providing insight into the wealthiest and poorest politicians on Capitol Hill.
When politicians report their personal finances, they do so in ranges rather than exact numbers. Personal wealth, or lack thereof, is estimated based on the average of the highest and lowest values. We count down the 25 poorest members of Congress, moving from least to most poor. Does your representative make the list?
#25. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
A native of California's Central Valley, Republican Rep. David G. Valadao was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012. Valadao continues to hold debt related to his family's dairy farm, which his father started in 1973.
Valadao's average net worth is -$25,167,003. He is consistently ranked among the poorest members of Congress.