“For the first time in history, the majority of America’s elected officials in Washington, D.C. are millionaires. At the same time, 50 percent of Americans cannot afford to spend $5,000 in an emergency.
The median American citizen saw his or herhousehold net worth decrease from 2004 to 2012 by an annual rate of -0.94 percent, whilemembers of Congress experienced a median annual increase of 1.55 percent. Congress saw a total increase of $316.5 million in assets held by all members in the study.
This page is about changes in net worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives during their time in office. The data goes from 2004 through 2012.
This is the first part of the Personal Gain Index. The Personal Gain Index is a four-part study that examines the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have individually prospered during their tenure as public servants.”