Miller secured a $486,000 earmark in 2006 to help add a 14-foot-wide bike lane to a new bridge over the Clinton River, about 900 feet from her home. "People earmark for all kinds of things," Miller said. "I'm pretty proud of this; I think I did what my people wanted. Should I have told them, 'We can never have this bike path complete because I happen to live by one section of it'? They would have thrown me out of office."
Miller’s financial portrait
The Post examined the personal finances disclosed by all members of Congress and computerized by Center for Responsive Politics to show how they manage their assets and invest their money.
Change in estimated wealth
Lawmakers who use safer investment strategies to protect accumulated wealth.
117 lawmakers are primarily invested in mutual funds and managed retirement funds that have a balance of stocks and bonds, which are often very safe but can be managed to be more or less aggressive.
What industries does Miller invest in?
Many assets can be tied to specific industries, such as finance, agriculture or natural resources. "Mixed" investments are assets not tied to a specific industry.
Miller's estimated 2010 liabilities
What asset types does Miller hold?
Assets are lumped into groups such as real estate, stocks, mutual funds or cash.
NOTE: "Mixed" investments are assets that are not tied to a specific industry. Charted change in annual estimated wealth is capped at 200 percent increase and 100 percent decrease for clarity. See the full methodology here.
SOURCES: Congressional financial disclosure forms, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post analysis.
About the data
The estimation of assets for lawmakers is based on calculating the midpoint of reported value ranges for holdings and liabilities that members of Congress list on financial disclosure forms. It does not reflect assets lawmakers are not required to disclose, such as personal residences and non-interest bearing bank accounts. The estimation is not intended to provide a complete portrait of the net worth of each legislator, but rather show their relative standing in Congress and how their holdings have changed over time.
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