Thursday, September 3, 2009
Five Californians are among the wealthiest members of Congress, including San Diego Congressman Darrell Issa, who ranks second on the "rich list."
SAN DIEGO 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.