DC Report: New members wealthier than constituents
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Sunday, January 20, 2013
1/20/13 at 3:13 AM
The 94 new members of Congress have a median net worth almost $1 million greater than the typical American household, the Center for Responsive Politics reported last week.
The new members were also about $100,000 better off than Congress as a whole, according to the CRP. Just under half of Congress has a net worth of at least $1 million.
Oklahoma's new 2nd District Congressman, Markwayne Mullin, ranked 190th out of 535 members with a net worth of between $1.1 million and $2.7 million.
New 1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine ranked 475th, with a net worth of between negative $138,994 and $214,999.
The wealthiest member of the Oklahoma delegation is Sen. Jim Inhofe, whose net worth was listed as between $5.4 million and $11.4 million.
Third District Congressman Tom Cole's net worth is between $2 million and $5.4 million. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's is between $1.9 and $5.5 million.
Third District Congressman Frank Lucas is between a negative $264,990 and $1.1 million. Fifth District Congressman James Lankford is between $21,021 and $315,000.
Cole objects to "Redskins": Fourth District Congressman Tom Cole told the newspaper Roll Call that the National Football League Washington Redskins should change their name.
"This is the capital of political correctness on the planet," Cole said. "It is very, very, very offensive. This isn't like warriors or chiefs. It's not a term of respect, and it's needlessly offensive to a large part of our population."
Cole is a member of the Chickasaw Nation.