Richard C. Shelby

Alabama Republican

Sen. Richard C. Shelby

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$8.3 million in 2010

63% since 2004

Financial approach

Business Owner

Invests in: Finance / Insurance / Real Estate, Mixed, Communication / Electronics

Shelby’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: $124.0 million

Shelby has earmarked more than $100 million toward rebuilding downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he owns an office building. The street in front of the building will be redone as part of phase two of the project. Shelby said there is no conflict between his property and the revitalization project. "I have nothing to hide. I make no money out of it," he said.

Shelby’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.


Senate median

Estimated wealth

$8.3 million in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

63% since 2004

More wealth and less aggressive

Lawmakers who use safer investment strategies to protect accumulated wealth.


More aggressive

Financial approach

Business Owner

30 legislators reported a significant amount of assets in business-related interests, including owners of small companies and law practices.

What industries does Shelby 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.

Shelby's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Shelby 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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