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Rep. Darrell Issa Ranks Second on “Rich List”

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Five Californians are among the wealthiest members of Congress, including San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa, who ranks second on the "rich list."

— Five Californians are among the wealthiest members of Congress, including San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa, who ranks second on the "rich list."

A Washington D.C. newspaper, The Hill, released a list of the 50 wealthiest members of Congress. The rankings are based on financial disclosure records of the 535 members.

Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry tops the list, with a personal fortune of at least $167.8 million.

Republican Darrell Issa is the second wealthiest member, with holdings of at least $164.7 million. Issa's fortune comes from Directed Electronics, a company he started in 1982. The Vista-based company is the largest designer and marketer of vehicle security and remote start systems.

The third wealthiest member is California Democratic Representative Jane Harman, with at least $112.2 million. Her husband is the founder of the Harman/Kardon sound systems company.

Three other Californians cracked the top 20: Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is 7th, Republican Congressman Gary Miller is 19th and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ranked 20th.

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