Sheila Jackson Lee

Texas Democrat

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$935,005 in 2010

488% since 2004

Financial approach

Spousal Assets

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

Jackson-Lee’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: $5.3 million

Jackson Lee helped secure about $5.3 million to the University of Houston in 2009 and 2010 while her husband was vice president of student affairs and vice chancellor of student affairs for the university system. Jackson Lee's staff did not respond to requests for comment. "None of the Congressional earmarks secured by UH was directed to the areas under my supervision," Elwyn C. Lee said in a statement. "To reiterate, it is not my responsibility, and it has never been my responsibility, to secure Congressional earmarks. Therefore, there has been no conflict to manage."

Jackson-Lee’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

$935,005 in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

488% 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

95% of Jackson-Lee'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 Jackson-Lee 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.

Jackson-Lee's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Jackson-Lee 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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