A new study by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics found:
Fully 37 Senate Democrats and 30 Senate Republicans reported an average net worth in excess of $1 million in 2010, according to the Center's analysis. The same was true of 110 House Republicans and 73 House Democrats.
The median estimated net worth among Senate Republicans was $2.43 million, and the median net worth among members of the Democratic caucus in the Senate was $2.69 million, by the Center's tally.
Meanwhile, in the House, the median estimated net worth of a GOP House member was $834,250 in 2010, according to the Center's research, compared to a median net worth of $635,500 among House Democrats.
The median estimated net worth among House members, overall, stood at $756,765 in 2010. That's up about 17 percent compared to the median net worth of $645,500 among House members in 2008, but down about 1 percent compared to 2009, when House members posted a median estimated net worth of $765,010, according to the Center's analysis.
The study found that Cantwell, a former RealNetworks executive, is the 81st richest among the 249 senators and reps who are millionaires—and the richest among the Washington State delegation. Cantwell has an estimated net worth of $6.2 million, according to the CRP. US Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5) was our delegation's only other millionaire. McMorris Rodgers ranked 220th among the group of One Percenters, with an estimated net worth of $1.3 million.
The poorest, by more than $315,000, is freshman Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA, 3).
Washington State's delegation breaks down this way:
US Sen. Maria Cantwell (D), $6.2 million
US Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R), $1.3 million
US Rep. Doc Hastings (R), $962,000
US Sen. Patty Murray, $916,000
US Rep. Jim McDermott (D), $767,000
US Rep. Norm Dicks (D), $706,000
US Rep. Adam Smith (D), $407,000
US Rep. Rick Larsen (D), $390,000
US Rep. Dave Reichert (R), $361,000
US Rep. Jay Inslee (D), $323,000
US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beeutler (R), $8,000
Herrera Beutler's net worth puts her at the 498th "wealthiest" out of the 529 people on the list. (US Rep. Alice Hastings (D-Fla) is ranked last with a negative net worth of $4.7 million. We have a message in to Herrera Beutler to find out what she thinks about being at the bottom of the list.
The richest? US Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) with an estimated net worth of $448 million.
PubliCola has asked Sen. Cantwell before about the dichotomy between her wealth and her Woody Guthrie politics. She told us:
I don’t think it stopped Ted Kennedy and it doesn’t stop me. It’s about digging in on what some of these issues are. Consolidation of banking is going to create continued havoc if we don’t fix this.