Tim Johnson

South Dakota Democrat

Sen. Tim Johnson

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

$828,018 in 2010

59% since 2004

Financial approach

Largely Cash

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

Johnson’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: $4.0 million

In 2008, Johnson, along with seven other senators, added $4 million to a Pentagon program to fund math and science education called STARBASE. Johnson's wife worked as a contract employee evaluating the program between 2005 and 2011. "Senator Johnson's support of increased funding for STARBASE was not an earmark under the definition of a congressionally directed spending item as defined by the Senate Rules," a spokesman for the senator said.

Johnson’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

$828,018 in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

59% since 2004

Less wealth and more aggressive

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


More aggressive

Financial approach

Largely Cash

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

What industries does Johnson 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.

Johnson's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Johnson 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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