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The Congress of the United States is the legislative, or lawmaking, branch of the federal government. It is a bicameral legislature, which means that it is made up of two chambers, or houses. They are the House of Representatives and the Senate. The CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES gives the two houses similar powers. The most important of these is that no law can be adopted unless it is first passed in identical form by a majority (more than half) of the members of each house.  For more on US Congress and other governmental links, click here


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Map of United States Olympia Salem Sacramento Boise Carson City Phoenix Salt Lake City Santa Fe Denver Chyenne Helena Bismark Pierre Lincoln Topeka Oklahoma City Austin Baton Rouge Little Rock Jefferson City Des Moines St. Paul Jackson Nashville Frankfort Springfield Madison Lansing Lansing Indianapolis Montgomery Columbus Tallahasse Atlanta Columbia Raleigh Richmond Charleston Annapolis Annapolis Dover Dover Harrisburg Trenton Trenton Albany Albany Richmond Lansing Columbia Raleigh Juneau Juneau Juneau Juneau Juneau Honolulu Honolulu Honolulu Honolulu Honolulu Honolulu Honolulu Hartford Hartford Providence Providence Boston Boston Montpelier Montpelier Concord Concord Augusta

 

 

These figures are base estimates provided by senators and house members on their financial disclosure forms.

Posted on Mon, Jun. 16, 2003 story:PUB_DESC
Pelosi among richest Democrats in House

Associated Press
 

The top Democrat in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, owns vineyards and other properties that make her far wealthier than her Republican counterpart, Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois.

House financial records for most of the House's 435 members sketch a detailed though imprecise portrait of a chamber whose members include wealthy heirs and business people. The 2002 forms were released Monday.

One, freshman Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., a former White House political adviser to President Clinton, reported earning $9,678,775 in deferred and other compensation alone last year from Wasserstein Perella and Co., an investment banking firm.

Yet there are also those like Bill Thomas, R-Calif., chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, who reported owning no assets. Lawmakers, most of whose House salaries were $150,000, are not required to report their homes or their spouses' earnings.

Arrayed between the two extremes are legislators who are generally more comfortable than the average American, though not immune to the pitfalls of today's sagging financial markets.

House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle, R-Iowa, reported that his investment portfolio lost nearly $30,000 last year.

Many own stock in companies that could be affected by energy, prescription drug or other legislation that Congress is considering.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, listed $50,000 to $100,000 in Exxon Mobil Corp. stock.

Texas Rep. Martin Frost, the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, reported stock in pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. of the same approximate value. Lawmakers are required to report only ranges of figures, not precise numbers.

"It doesn't affect my decision-making at all, and in fact, I'm on the opposite side of the prescription drug companies for years," Frost said in a statement.

Also chronicled is widespread free travel, sometimes financed by interests overseen by committees the lawmakers serve on. Such trips are legal as long as they are reported and designed for gathering information.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin, R-La., took a three-day trip to Palm Beach, Fla., paid for by the Florida Power & Light Co. Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar, top Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, journeyed to Las Vegas, compliments of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.

Among the more well-traveled members were House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Boehner, R-Ohio, who reported 11 free trips, and Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, who listed 17.

Pelosi is a 16-year House veteran who this year became the first woman to lead a party in either chamber of Congress.

She reported owning two vineyards in St. Helena and Rutherford, Calif., worth from $6 million to $26 million with her husband, Paul, a San Francisco businessman.

The Pelosis also own six California properties worth from $2.8 million to $11.5 million. The report listed millions of dollars worth of real estate and stock owned solely by Paul Pelosi.

Hastert, who as speaker had a $192,600 salary, revealed a far more modest portfolio.

The former Illinois state legislator reported a $28,397 pension payment from that job.

His largest listed asset was his Washington, D.C., townhouse, which he said was worth $250,000 to $500,000 and which earned him $5,000 to $15,000 by renting parts of it to two top aides.

He also reported selling two buildings in Illinois and a money market fund for a total of $450,000 to $1 million. An aide said he used the money to purchase a new home in rural Kendall County, Ill.

The reports also showed that:

  • DeLay raised $48,900 for a legal defense fund for a lawsuit Democrats brought against him alleging racketeering that was dismissed in 2001. Contributions included $5,000 from American Airlines and $5,000 from Reliant Energy, a Houston power company.
  • Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., heir to a paper manufacturing fortune, listed his worth at $9,315,491.13 - including a $70,000 stamp collection.
  • Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., sold his part-ownership of the Utica Blue Sox minor league baseball team to retired Baltimore Orioles All-Star Cal Ripken Jr., who moved the franchise to Aberdeen, Md. The sale earned Boehlert $15,000 to $50,000.
  • Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., owns $1,000 to $15,000 in gold, silver and platinum American Eagle coins - plus a money market account worth $1 million to $5 million.
  • Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said his wife, Debbie, who works for General Motors, has assets including $1 million to $5 million in GM stock options.
  • House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier, R-Calif., has holdings including $500,000 to $1 million in stock in the Oklahoma Publishing Co., which owns The Daily Oklahoman, the state's biggest newspaper.
  • Rep. Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.Va., reported owing $15,000 to $50,000 for a tractor.

     

  • Senate

    Millionaires

     

    John Kerry, D -Massachusetts: $163,626,399
    Herb Kohl, D - Wisconsin: $111,015,016
    John Rockefeller, D - West Virginia: $81,648,018
    Jon Corzine, D - New Jersey: $71,035,025
    Dianne Feinstein, D -California: $26,377,109
    Peter Fitzgerald, R - Illinois: $26,132,013
    Frank Lautenberg, D - New Jersey $17,789,018
    Bill Frist, R - Tennessee: $15,108,042
    John Edwards, D - North Carolina: $12,844,029
    Edward Kennedy, D -Massachusetts: $9,905,009
    Jeff Bingaman, D - New Mexico: $7,981,015
    Bob Graham, D - Florida:  $7,691,052
    Richard Shelby, R -Alabama: $7,085,012
    Gordon Smith, R - Oregon: $6,429,011
    Lincoln Chafee, R - Rhode Island: $6,296,010
    Ben Nelson, D - Nebraska: $6,267,028
    Lamar Alexander, R -Tennessee: $4,823,018
    Mike DeWine, R - Ohio: $4,308,093
    Mark Dayton, D -Minnesota: $3,974,037
    Ben Campbell, R -Colorado: $3,165,007
    Chuck Hagel, R - Nebraska: $2,963,013
    Olympia Snowe, R - Maine: $2,955,037
    James Talent, R - Missouri: $2,843,031
    Arlen Specter, R -Pennsylvania: $2,045,016
    Judd Gregg, R - New Hampshire: $1,916,026
    John McCain, R - Arizona: $1,838,010
    James Inhofe, R -Oklahoma: $1,570,043
    John Warner, R - Virginia: $1,545,039
    Kay Bailey Hutchison,   - Texas:  $1,513,046
    Mitch McConnell, R -Kentucky: $1,511,017
    Harry Reid, D - Nevada: $1,500,040
    Sam Brownback, R -Kansas: $1,491,018
    Thomas Carper, D -Delaware: $1,482,017
    Ted Stevens, R - Alaska: $1,417,013
    Maria Cantwell, D -Washington: $1,264,999
    Barbara Boxer, D -California: $1,172,003
    Orrin Hatch, R - Utah: $1,086,023
    Mary Landrieu, D -Louisiana: $1,080,014
    Bill Nelson, D - Florida: $1,073,014
    Charles Grassley, R - Iowa: $1,016,024 

     

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