As has been noted, I’ve been charged by my old comrade in arms to come up with some blog posts based on my doings at school (George Bush School of Govt. & Public Service) while he makes his way cross-country in pursuit of his beloved Bulldogs.
I'll try not to bore people.
With a nod toward the pending Congressional election in Middle Georgia’s 8th District, I thought I would begin with some interesting – and very general – factoids about the U.S. Congress.
On average, the cost of winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is about $1.1 million. Interested in a Senate seat? Start looking for $10 million in change under your couch-cushions.
Sticking with lower house, the above million-dollar-plus figure means that a House member must raise more than $10,000 per week during their two-year spell on the Hill in order to run for reelection.
Speaking of money, here’s a list of the ten wealthiest members of Congress (it might be a little out of date):
1. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) $677 million
2. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) $289 million
3. John Kerry (D-Mass.) $235 million
4. Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) $234 million
5. Jay Rockerfeller (D-WVa.) $101 million
6. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) $99 million
7. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) $93 million
8. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) $91 million
9. John Campbell (R-Calif.) $78 million
10. Rodney Frelinghuvsen (R-NJ) $67 million
As an addendum, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) checks in at number 15 on the list with $55 million.