The net wealth of members of the U.S. House of Representatives has increased over the years, with net worth in 2009 more than double that of 1984, but American family wealth has been stagnant. While Republicans are somewhat wealthier than their Democratic counterparts, the gap between them two has narrowed considerably. Read related article.

Sources: Center for Responsive Politics; Census Bureau; DW-Nominate database on; staff research | By Dan Keating, Peter Whoriskey and Pam Tobey/The Washington Post December 26, 2011
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