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W.Va. congressmen’s worth nearly $10 million

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Rep. David McKinley is the wealthiest of the five candidates area voters will consider for federal office come November.

Republican McKinley is seeking re-election to his 1st District House of Representatives seat. His Democratic rival, state Auditor Glen Gainer, is a distant fifth in terms of estimated net worth. (This story does not look at candidates for the 2nd and 3rd Congressional districts.)

Among the three U.S. Senate candidates, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is the wealthiest, and second overall among the five. She’s followed closely by Libertarian John S. Buckley of Mathias, Hardy County.

Capito’s chief rival, Democratic Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, is a distant third among the three, and fourth overall.

The numbers come from the candidates’ 2014 personal finance reports, filed with the U.S. House and Senate. The reports, filed this spring and summer, list 2013 assets, liabilities and unearned income from assets.

The net worth figures are derived from a formula from the nonprofit Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), which it uses to figure the net worth of all federal lawmakers.

McKinley’s estimated net worth is $9,565,544, down slightly from 2013 when it was $9,640,539.

Gainer’s estimated net worth is $41,054…

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