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Most members of Oklahoma congressional delegation have assets topping $1 million

Financial reports show some also had outside income topping their $174,000 congressional salaries.
by Chris Casteel Published: June 2, 2013
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The reports aren't designed to show a lawmaker's net worth; instead, they allow the public to examine assets and transactions for possible conflicts of interest. Members don't have to report the value of their personal residences, though they do have to disclose mortgages on the property.

Five of Oklahoma's seven members in Congress have assets topping $1 million, when property owned by spouses is counted. Reps. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, and Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, were well short of the mark last year.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, who took over a failing plumbing company and turned it into an eastern Oklahoma business success, reported assets worth up to $9 million — the highest of any of the Oklahomans.

Reports from Mullin and Bridenstine reflect their finances in 2012, before they became members of the House.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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