Daniel Lipinski

Illinois Democrat

Rep. Daniel Lipinski

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$2.0 million in 2010

126% since 2004

Financial approach

Spousal Assets

Invests in: Finance / Insurance / Real Estate, Mixed, Health

Lipinski’s financial disclosure forms

Each year, lawmakers are required to file financial disclosure forms that list assets, liabilities, stock transactions, outside employment, spousal employment and travel reimbursements.

Public projects, private interests

Spending with family connections: $2.5 million

Lipinski cosponsored $2.5 million in earmarks since taking office in 2005 for rail projects overseen by the Chicago Transit Authority. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the CTA is a lobbying client of his father, William Lipinski, a former congressman. The CTA has paid William Lipinski $766,330.20 in lobbying fees since 2007. "His father does not lobby him on behalf of his clients on transportation or any other issues," a Lipinski spokesman said. "In these, as in other areas, Congressman Lipinski is focused on doing what is best for his constituents."

Lipinski’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.


House median

Estimated wealth

$2.0 million in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

126% since 2004

More wealth and more aggressive

Lawmakers who use riskier investment strategies and/or borrowing to increase wealth.

Spouse's estimated wealth in 2010

65% of Lipinski's wealth


More aggressive

Financial approach

Spousal Assets

75 lawmakers report a significant amount of holdings in the names of their spouses. The assets include stocks, retirement funds, real estate and bank accounts.

What industries does Lipinski 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.

Lipinski's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Lipinski 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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