For those of you worried that the ascendant Democrats would usher in a new era of ordinary Americans governing in Washington, you have nothing to fear! There are plenty of new out-of-touch plutocrats set to take office.
* New Virginia Senator Mark Warner, who founded Nextel and is worth $91 million
* New Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis, who apparently owns $17 million worth of cattle
* New Idaho Senator Jim Risch, who is taking Larry Craig's seat and is worth $20 million (most of which will be spent on industrial-strength disinfectant for that seat)
In case you were wondering, none of these freshman lawmakers will even come close to topping the reigning king of Washington wealth.
What, you really don't know who that is? John Kerry, of course! He's worth at a minimum $231 million, and that doesn't include anything held solely in Theresa Heinz-Kerry's name.
It also doesn't include the millions he spent on advertising in the Chicago media market promoting himself as a candidate for Secretary of State.
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