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As far as I'm aware, the public data exists to disclose the net worth of US Senators/House members both as they enter Congress, and as they leave it (or current data if they are active).

Is there any good research on what the relative average net worth is for different political groupings of Congresspeople, both at their entrance when first elected, and at their retirement (or current networth for those still serving)?

I'm interested in analysis across all sorts of groupings - both the more obvious (party membership, or which house they are in) as well as less obvious, such as radicalism/moderation as defined by for example DW-Nominate; or establishment vs. outsiders; pre-congress careers; geography; length of elected service; decade when they were first elected; etc... Pretty much any grouping that someone like Nate Silver would find scientific enough to measure things across would be of interest.

Ideally, a good answer would include some sort of regression analysis to show which of the grouping factors correlate and/or predict net worth best.

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    This might be a source worth digging into. Looks like they've listed the 50 richest congresspeople for the past 30 years: rollcall.com/50richest – user1530 Jun 19 '13 at 0:43
  • @DA. - Fun. 2 top ones are basically gold diggers (one married to Clear Channel communication heiress, one to Heinz). – user4012 Jun 19 '13 at 0:48
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – user1840 Jun 19 '13 at 5:24
  • @raxman - (and DA too) - this (1) only lists top ones. I am interested in group averages for all; (2) only lists 2012 current members wealth. I'm interested in pre-Congress wealth as well; (3) Has zero research on groupings, which if you read carefully was the most important thing I was after. – user4012 Jun 19 '13 at 11:47
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    congress has pretty much always been mostly rich white men regardless of party affiliation. Little is made of it though because neither party really wants to talk about it. – Ryathal Jun 19 '13 at 12:50

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