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November 26, 2007

With Democrats controlling the majority of the nation's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions, the reality is that, in America, the Democratic party is the new "party of the rich," says Michael Franc, vice president of government relations for the Heritage Foundation.


  • More than half of the wealthiest households in the United States are concentrated in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats.
  • For example, Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, represents one of America's wealthiest regions (San Francisco) with more than 43,700 high-end households.
  • Fewer than 7,000 households in the western Ohio district of House Republican leader John Boehner enjoy this level of affluence.

The next rung of House leadership shows the same pattern:

  • Democratic majority leader Steny Hoyer's district (between Washington, DC, and Annapolis) boasts almost 19,000 wealthy households and a median income topping $62,000.
  • Hoyer's counterpart, minority whip Roy Blunt, hails from a rural Missouri district that has only 5,200 wealthy households and whose median income is only $33,000.

In addition, Democratic politicians prosper in areas of concentrated wealth even in staunchly Republican states:

  • Liberal congressman John Lewis represents more than 27,500 high-income households in his Atlanta district.
  • In Iowa, the three wealthiest districts send Democrats to Washington; the two poorest are safe Republican seats.

Source: Michael Franc, "Democrats wake up to being the party of the rich," Heritage Foundation, November 6, 2007.


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