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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2010, 1:11 P.M.

Risch Remains 13th Wealthiest Senator

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is the 13th richest of 535 members of Congress, with his wealth estimated at $20.1 million, according to a report by The Hill, a Capitol Hill news outlet. Risch held the same fortunate spot last year, based on financial disclosure reports filed with the House and Senate. Risch made his early money as a Boise lawyer and then invested in ranches and other real estate. The Hill says Risch's farm and ranch land accounts for $16 million of his assets. Risch, who began his first six-year term in 2009, bought a Washington, D.C., condo worth at least $250,000. His assets rose about $800,000 in the past year, as did those of many others on the Top 50 list/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: If you had as much money as U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, would you want to spend your golden years in an elective office?

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