June 15, 2011
The newest member of Maryland’s congressional delegation, it turns out, might also be its most wealthy.
Rep. Andy Harris, the Baltimore County Republican elected last year to represent the Eastern Shore along with several Baltimore suburbs, holds assets valued between $1.5 million and $4 million, according to annual financial disclosure statements by members of Congress that were made available to the public Wednesday.
Harris, an anesthesiologist, appears to have surpassed Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is worth between $1.4 million and $3.5 million and has frequently turned up as one of the state’s most well-off elected officials. Because lawmakers report the value of assets in broad ranges, it’s impossible to assess actual net worth.
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, meanwhile, who also typically reports significant financial holdings, received a one-month extension to file his report.
Harris’ disclosure statement shows that he earned $123,705 last year from Johns Hopkins, where he practiced medicine. The statement also documents $40,011 in salary he received from his time as a state lawmaker and $27,000 from his private medical practice, Tidewater Anesthesia Associates. A spokesman said Harris has taken a leave of absence from Hopkins but still sees patients at his practice in order to maintain his medical license.
“It’s the second time that he’s taken a pay cut to serve his country,” said Harris spokesman Ryan Nawrocki, referring to Harris’ decision to join the U.S. Naval Reserve, in which he served as a commander.
Rank-and-file members of Congress earn $174,000 a year.
The annual disclosure statements offer a limited glimpse into members’ finances – including retirement savings, trips paid for by private groups and work performed outside their official duties. The reports show Rep. Donna Edwards, a Prince George’s County Democrat, traveled to Turkey last year on a trip paid for by the Turkish Coalition of America, for instance.
Rep. Elijah Cummings listed three rental properties – two in Baltimore, one in Washington – owned by him or his wife that are worth, in total, between $1 million and $2 million. The Baltimore Democrat also received a trip to Orlando, Fla., last year on behalf of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.
Democrat Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersbeger lists a $89,863 pension from his time as Baltimore County executive, and reports a $3,625 gift from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, which he described as a “flight with Senator Feinstein to California” that took place on Christmas Eve in 2009.
Edwards was the Maryland lawmaker who reported holding the least in assets, between $3,004 and $46,000.
Reports from House members are available on the clerk’s website. To see reports from Mikulski and Cardin, click on their names in the list below. (The list includes assets held by spouses and dependent children.)
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D: $1,443,047-$3,450,000
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D: $156,018-$517,000
Rep. Andy Harris, R, 1st District: $1,525,050- $4,050,000
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D, 2nd District: $1,035,044-$2,676,000
Rep. John Sarbanes, D, 3rd District: $260,014-$775,000
Rep. Donna F. Edwards, D, 4th District: $3,004-$46,000
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D, 5th District: $18,005-$96,000
Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R, 6th District: N/A
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D, 7th District: $1,256,010-$2,590,000
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D, 8th District: $63,007-$245,000