Joe Barton

Texas Republican

Rep. Joe Barton

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$81,001 in 2010

105% since 2004

Financial approach

Stock and Bond Investor

Invests in: Mixed, Energy / Natural Resources, Miscellaneous Business

Barton’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: $3.0 million

In recent years, Barton helped secure about $2.98 million toward widening about three miles of the U.S. 287 bypass in Ennis, where Barton owns two homes. Barton said his homes have no bearing on his support for the earmarks. The work, he said, is critical to traffic safety. "I have put as much effort into 287 between Midlothian and Fort Worth and Arlington as I have around Ennis," Barton said. "There is no personal benefit to me ... it is a general benefit to the community."

Barton’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

$81,001 in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

105% since 2004

Less wealth and less aggressive

Lawmakers who use safer investment strategies with limited wealth.


More aggressive

Financial approach

Stock and Bond Investor

36 lawmakers are primarily invested in a portfolio of specific stocks, bonds or a mixture of stocks and bonds, which can be balanced to be more or less aggressive as an investment strategy.

What industries does Barton 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.

Barton's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Barton 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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