Bennet Among the Wealthiest Members

Posted April 6, 2009 at 12:38pm

Freshman Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet (D) appears on his way to joining the Roll Call “50 Richest Members of Congress— list.

Bennet — the only one of the three appointed Senators whose disclosure form is publicly available — lists assets worth at least $5.9 million, and no liabilities.

The 50th richest Member of Congress in Roll Call’s 2008 analysis was then-Rep, Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), with a minimum net worth of assets of just over $5 million.

Bennet — who was an executive at Anschutz Investment Co. prior to his public sector jobs first as superintendent of the Denver Public Schools and then as the replacement for Senator (now-Secretary of Interior) Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) — lists his primary asset as a blind trust worth between $5 million and $25 million.

Bennet’s disclosure form also indicates that he earned more than $320,000 from recent sales of stock, leaving him with only a handful of other assets.

New Senators are required to file financial disclosure forms within 30 days of taking office, but Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) and Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) both received extensions from the Senate Ethics Committee.