Benjamin Franklin once proposed that elected officials not be paid for their service to the nation -- a proposal that was quickly struck down by other representatives.
There are some interesting names with interesting financial backgrounds on our list of the five wealthiest members of Congress.
We compiled this list according to each lawmaker's financial disclosure report, which he or she is required to file each year.
But net worth," so each lawmaker's actual net worth could be much higher.in mind, these financial disclosures report each member's "minimum
Here are the five congressmen and congresswomen with the highest net worth, according to OpenSecrets.org: