The Center for Responsive Politics, an independent research group that tracks money in politics, has reported that for the first time ever, most of the members of Congress are millionaires.
In its annual analysis of personal financial disclosure information, the center reports that at least 268 of the 534 members of Congress had in 2012 an average net worth of $1 million. The center also is reporting the median worth of lawmakers was up last year from $966,000 to just more than $1 million. Democrats in Congress had a median net worth of just more than $1 million and Republicans, almost $1 million exactly.
The median net worth for lawmakers in the House is up from $856,000 in 2011 to $896,000 and Democrats hold the edge over Republicans with a median net worth of $929,000 to $884,000. The median net worth for senators increased, too, from $2.5 million to $2.7 million, but in the Senate, Republicans hold the edge - $2.9 million compared to Democrats, who had a median net worth of $1.7 million.
Topping the list was California Republican Darrell Issa, who has an average net worth of more than $464 million. The center reported he earned his wealth in the car alarm business.
In the Senate, it was Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia. He's worth an estimated more than $257 million.
No lawmakers from Ohio cracked the top 10 most wealthy. One, Jim Renacci, a Republican from the Canton area, made the top 25 list with an average worth of $36 million, making him the richest Ohioan in Congress.
Here's how the lawmakers who represent Trumbull and Mahoning counties in the House and U.S. senators from Ohio, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman rank and their 2011 standing:
Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, who represents the southern portion of Mahoning County in the 6th Congressional District, is ranked 278 in the House with a net worth of $152,045 to $767,000.
Johnson fell on the list, which had him ranked 273rd in the House with a net worth of $152,042 to $764,000 in 2011.
First-term Republican Dave Joyce, whose 14th district stretches into northern Trumbull County, is the wealthiest of the three U.S. lawmakers locally. Joyce, from South Russell, is 85th in the House with a net worth of $2.3 million to $6.2 million.
In 2011, a net worth of $1.6 million to $5 million had him ranked 96th in the House.
U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan is ranked 402nd in the House with a net worth of $2,003 to $31,000. The Democrat from Howland rose on the list, which had him ranked 406th in 2011 with a net worth of $3 to $3,000.
Portman, a Republican, is ranked 15th in the Senate, up one spot from 2011. In 2012, his net worth is between $7.3 million and $20.4 million compared to $6.4 million and $22.1 million in 2011.
Brown, a Democrat, was 77th in the House in 2012 and 77th in 2011. His 2012 net worth is between $383,007 and $895,000. In 2011, it was between $168,007 and $845,999.