Jerry Lewis

California Republican

Rep. Jerry Lewis

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$195,000 in 2010

80% since 2004

Financial approach

Real Estate Investor

Invests in: Mixed

Lewis’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

Earmark near personal property: $2.7 million

Lewis helped secure $2.7 million from 2004 to 2008 to redevelop the historic Barracks Row, which is four blocks from Lewis's D.C. home. The money will be used to improve the Eastern Market Metro stop and two parks. The earmarks were reported by media outlets. A Lewis spokesman said the congressman requested the money on behalf of D.C. officials, adding, "He did not purchase his home as an investment property, and gave no consideration at all to whether this project would improve his property value."

Lewis’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

$195,000 in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

80% since 2004

Less wealth and less aggressive

Lawmakers who use safer investment strategies with limited wealth.


More aggressive

Financial approach

Real Estate Investor

127 lawmakers hold significant assets in real estate, including office buildings, apartment buildings, undeveloped land and development partnerships. Lawmakers are not required to report the values of their personal residences.

What industries does Lewis 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.

Lewis's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Lewis 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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