The median net worth of a member of the House in 2009 was more than 2 1 / 2 times greater than it was in 1984 — $725,00 vs. $280,000 — when adjusted for inflation, according to an analysis of financial disclosures. Meanwhile, the median net worth of Americans, as a whole, actually declined slightly over the same period.
Dec. 6, 2011 Gary Myers of Sebastian, Fla., rides along that city’s Riverview Park. Myers, who is retired, was a Republican member of the House, representing Pennsylvania from 1975 through 1978. SAM WOLFE/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo