Yesterday the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington published a big online package about the personal financial status of all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Their findings were pretty clear:
“Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress and candidates. The median net worth for the 530 current lawmakers who were in Congress as of the May filing deadline was $1,008,767–an increase from the previous year when it was $966,000.”
So how does Hawaii’s congressional delegation compare with that median net worth of $1,008,767? Here are the results from CRP (because of the ambiguous nature of the personal disclosure forms that congressional representatives fill out, net worth figures have to be given in ranges):
Senator Mazie Hirono: Worth between $1.4 million and $3.6 million; ranked 52nd richest person in the U.S. Senate.
Senator Brian Schatz: Worth between $135,016 and $504,000; 89th richest person in U.S. Senate.
Congressional Rep. Colleen Hanabusa: Worth between $1.4 million and $3.1 million; 138th richest person in U.S. House of Representatives
Congressional Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Worth between $45,014 and $776,998; 292nd richest person in U.S. House of Representatives.
Damn. If I were Schatz, I’d be more than a little concerned over the rather tremendous disparity between himself and Hanabusa, who seems to rather desperately want to unseat him this year.
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About Anthony Pignataro
Anthony Pignataro has been a journalist since 1996. He started work as MauiTime's Editor in 2003, took a couple years off starting in 2008, then returned to the staff in 2011. He's the author of "Stealing Cars With The Pros," a 2013 collection of his journalism and the Maui novels "Small Island" (2011) and "The Dead Season" (2012)–all of which were published by Event Horizon Press. In 2014, his one-act play "War Stories" won second place in the Maui Fringe Festival.