The Center for Responsive Politics last week ranked the richest members of Congress with an estimate of each member's net worth. The Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group compiled its list from the annual financial disclosure forms filed by senators and representatives. The forms are fairly detailed but also allow members to list a wide range in the value of assets and liabilities.
Sen. Ron Wyden's disclosure form, for instance, puts his net worth is somewhere between $5.7 million and $8 million. The average between the two points—$6.8 million—places Wyden 74th among the 535 members of the House and Senate. He's followed closely by U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader ($6.4 million, 79th place) and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer ($4.9 million, 100th place).
Rounding out the Oregon delegation are U.S. Rep. Greg Walden ($3.0 million, 146th place); U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio ($2.1 million, 176th place) and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley ($1.6 million, 206th place). Across the Columbia River, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler who represents Clark County, could use some financial pointers from her Oregon colleagues ($8,000, 500th place).