Rob Bishop

Utah Republican

Rep. Rob Bishop

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$40,501 in 2010

346% since 2004

Financial approach

Largely Cash

Invests in: Mixed

Bishop’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: $1.5 million

From 2007 to 2009, Bishop requested earmarks worth more than $1.5 million for Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. His son, Shule, was hired there in 2010 as a state government lobbyist. The congressman said he asked for the earmarks before his son was hired and they posed no conflict. A university official said the school ensures that Shule Bishop does not work on federal matters to avoid any conflicts.

Bishop’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.

Bishop

House median

Estimated wealth

$40,501 in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

346% since 2004

Less wealth and more aggressive

Lawmakers holding fewer assets with riskier investment strategies and/or higher debts.

Wealthier

More aggressive

Financial approach

Largely Cash

51 lawmakers report keeping significant portions of their portfolios in traditional bank accounts.

What industries does Bishop 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.

Bishop's estimated
2010 liabilities

None

What asset types does Bishop 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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