- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2003

ANNAPOLIS — Republican Roscoe G. Bartlett and Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin are the only Maryland members of the U.S. House of Representatives who listed assets worth at least $1 million on this year’s financial-disclosure statements.

One of the two new House members, Democrat C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger of Baltimore County, might also be a member of the millionaires club, reporting assets worth between $700,000 and $1.575 million.

The forms filled out by all members of the House and Senate do not list exact values of assets and liabilities. They are reported in categories, such as $15,001 to $50,000.

Except for the fact that there are two new members — Mr. Ruppersberger and Democrat Christopher Van Hollen of Montgomery County — not a lot changed since reports were filed a year ago. Most members of the delegation reported only modest holdings.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, reported owning property worth between $100,000 and $200,000, his only assets, and mortgages on his property between $65,000 and $150,000.

Fellow Democrat Albert R. Wynn of Prince George’s County reported only two assets — a mutual fund valued between $1,000 and $15,000 and property in Hyattsville with a value between $100,000 and $250,000. His mortgage on the Hyattsville property was listed between $100,000 and $250,000.

Wayne T. Gilchrest of the Eastern Shore, the only Republican in the delegation besides Mr. Bartlett, listed mutual fund and stock holdings worth between $44,000 and $310,000.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, the No. 2 ranking Democrat in the House who represents a Southern Maryland district, listed assets valued between $253,000 and $546,000, most of it in a retirement account.

Mr. Van Hollen’s assets were valued from $88,000 to $321,000 and included a mixture of small stock holdings and a pension fund of between $50,000 and $100,000.

Mr. Bartlett was again the wealthiest member of the delegation, based on his disclosure statement, reporting assets valued between $1.7 million and $6.5 million. Most of his wealth is in property holdings, although he listed owning “precious metals” worth between $50,000 and $100,000.

Mr. Cardin valued his assets at between $1.3 million and $3.4 million, including a trust valued at $265,000 to $550,000 set up by his father, Meyer Cardin, that will pass on to his children. He received income from the trust of $15,000 to $50,000.

Maryland’s two Democratic U.S. senators, whose reports were released ahead of the House reports, did not match up to Messrs. Bartlett, Cardin and Ruppersberger.

Paul S. Sarbanes, who was elected to the Senate in 1976, reported assets in the $167,005 to $430,000 range, more than half of them in his account in the U.S. Senate Employees Federal Credit Union.

Barbara A. Mikulski, a member of the Senate since 1977, listed assets in the $174,019 to $666,000 range and income from interest and dividends between $8,704 and $23,700 during 2002.

All 10 members of the Senate and House received a salary of $150,000 last year.

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