The Richest Members Of Congress: Mark Warner (D-VA): Estimated Net Worth $95 million

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In the early 1980s, Warner served as a staff member to US Senator Christopher Dodd, a Democrat from Connecticut. He later used his knowledge of federal telecommunication law and policies as a broker of mobile phone franchise licenses, making a significant fortune.

As founder and managing director of Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm, he helped found and was an early investor in a number of technology companies. He was one of the early investors of Nextel, co founded Capital Cellular Corporation and built up an estimated net worth that places him in the top six Members of Congress in regards to wealth.

Mark Robert Warner was born on December 15 1954. He is a member of the Democratic party. Warner was the 69th Governor of Virginia and is the honorary chairman of the Forward Together PAC. Warner delivered the keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

In 2006 he was widely expected to pursue the Democratic nomination in the 2008 US presidential elections; however he announced he would not be running because of a desire to not disrupt his family life.

Warner was considered to be a potential vice presidential candidate, until he took himself out of consideration after receiving the Democratic nomination for the US Senate. Originally contested by another former governor of Virginia, Warner won the elction with 65% of the vote. Warner won re-election in 2014, although his margin of 17,000 votes was narrower than expected, defeating former Republican National Chairman Ed Gillespie.

Warner’s education was in Political Science. He obtained his degree from George Washington University. Warner has had political ambitions for a long time. It is reputed that when his parents visited him in college he told them that one day they would visit him in the White House.

The Richest Members Of Congress: Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): Estimated Net Worth $108 Million

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The great-grandson of oil tycoon John D Rockefeller, Jay Rockefeller is presently the only serving politician of the prominent six generation Rockefeller family and is the only one to have held office as a Democrat in what has been a traditionally Republican dynasty.

In 1984, he was elected to the United States Senate, narrowly defeating businessman John Raese, even though Ronald Reagan easily carried the state in the presidential election. An he did in his 1980 gubernatorial campaign against Arch Moore, Rockefeller spent what was considered, a the time, to be a huge amount of money on his campaign, over $12 million to be exact.

Rockefeller was re-elected in 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008 by substantial margins. He was chair of the committee on Veterans Affairs from 1993-1995 and 2001-2003. Rockefeller was also the chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

John Davison “Jay” Rockefeller IV was born on June 18, 1937 and has served as a United States Senator from West Virginia since 1985. He was first elected to the Senate in 1984 while in office as Governor of West Virginia, a position he held from 1977-1985.

Rockefeller moved to Emmons, West Virginia to serve as a VISTA worker in 1964 and was first elected to public office in the state, as a member of the House of Delegates in 1966. Rockefeller was later elected West Virginia Secretary of State in 1968 and was president of West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1973-1975. He became the state’s senior senator when the long serving Senator Robert Byrd died in June 2010.

Rockefeller was born in a New York Hospital in New York City to John and Blanchette Rockefeller, 26 days after the death of his great-grandfather, John Rockefeller. Rockefeller graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1955. After his junior year at Harvard College, he spent three years studying Japanese at the International Christian University in Tokyo. He graduated from Harvard in 1961 with an A.B. in Far Eastern Languages and History. He attended Yale University and did graduate work in Oriental studies and studied the Chinese language, but never finished the program.

The Richest Members Of Congress: John Delaney (D-MD): Estimated Net Worth $112 Million

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Delaney founded two New York Stock Exchange listed companies before the age of 40 and won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 1993, he co-founded Health Care Financial Partners, to make available loans to smaller health care service providers ignored by large banks.

HCFP grew rapidly and became public in 1996. The organization became an NYSE company in 1998. In 2000, Delaney co founded CapitalSource, a commercial lender headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland. CapitalSource is also publicly traded on the NYSE.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of several large organization; St Patricks Episcopal Day School, Georgetown University, the National Symphony Orchestra and the International Center of Research on Women.

Delaney is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company serving in the United States Congress.

John Kevin Delaney was born on April 16 1963. He has been the United States Representative for Maryland’s 6th Congressional district since 2013. The district, the state’s second largest, includes the entire western portion of the state, but the bulk of its vote are cast in the outer suburbs of Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Delaney grew up in New Jersey, where his father worked as an electrician. Scholarships helped him attend college thanks to his fathers labor union as well as the American Legion, VFW and the Lions Club. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. In February 2015, Delaney received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Delaney is married to his wife April and has four daughters. He and his family live in Montgomery County Maryland and attend Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda, Maryland. His wife is the Washington D.C. director for Common Sense Media, a non profit organization dedicated to educating families on social media. Two of his daughters attend Northwestern University.

The Richest Members Of Congress: Michael McCaul (R-TX): Estimated Net Worth $117 Million

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McCaul made his fortune the old-fashioned way. He married it.

McCaul is married to Linda Mays McCaul. She is the daughter of Clear Channel Communications chairman Lowry Mays and sister of its CEO Mark Mays. In 2011 McCaul was named one of the wealthiest members of the United States Congress, primarily because of his wife’s assumed wealth via her holdings in her family’s business. His net worth has grown substantially year after year as he remains in office. His wealth increases have largely been due to large monetary transfers from his wife’s family. Michael and Linda live in the city of West Lake Hills, Texas which is a wealthy suburb of Austin, Texas. They have four daughters and one son.

McCaul worked as an attorney and a federal prosecutor before entering politics. He served as the Chief of Counter Terrorism and National Security for Texas’s branch of the US Attorneys office and also worked in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section. After he left the DOJ, McCaul took a position as a Deputy Attorney General in 1998 with the Texas Attorney General’s Office and served in this capacity until 2002.

He is the US Representative for Texas’s 10th Congressional District, serving since 2005. He is presently the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. He is a member of the Republican Party. His district stretches from Austin to Houston.

Michael Thomas McCaul was born on January 14, 1962 in Dallas, Texas and he is the son of Frances Jane and James Addington McCaul Jr. He has English, Irish and German ancestry. He graduated from the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from San Antonio’s Trinity University in 1984 and his Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University in 1987. McCaul also attended Harvard University taking courses at the Kennedy School of Government.

The Richest Members Of Congress: Darrell Issa (R-CA): Estimated Net Worth $355 Million

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Before serving in government, Issa was a businessman. He made his fortune manufacturing car alarms and theft deterrent systems. Issa was CEO of Directed Electronics, a Vista California based company that he co-founded in 1982. It is currently one of the largest makers of automobile aftermarket security and convenience products in the US. Issa is a multimillionaire with a net worth estimated at about $355 million.

According to Issa, he and his second wife moved back to the Cleveland area after he was released from the military and pooled their savings, sold their cars and borrowed $50,000 from family members to invest in Quantum Enterprises, an electronics manufacturer run by a friend from Cleveland Heights. One of the clients, Steal Stopper, would clear the path to Issa’s fortune. Issa is widely acknowledged to be a self made millionaire because of his rags to riches story.

Issa assumed Steal Stopper and turned it around, to the point of supplying Ford with thousands of car alarms and negotiated a similar deal with Toyota. As car theft grew and grew, so did Steal Stopper. Eventually Issa sold the company to a California-based maker of home alarms and moved to Vista, CA where he has lived ever since. Over time he has built other multi million dollar organizations, mostly in the electronics industry.

Darrell Edward Issa was born on November 1 1953. He is the Republican US Representative for California’s 49th Congressional District, serving since 2001. The district covers the northern coastal areas of San Diego Country. This includes cities such as Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas. It also contains a small portion of southern Orange County. Since January 2011, he has served as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.