Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Billy Long in top 10 of highest-paying freshman members of Congress

Billy Long is surrounded by members of his 10th highest paid staff (among the 94 House Freshman) at an event that took place last April and was billed as 'free and open to the public'.

Wide range of staff pay by House freshmen

Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) was the most generous freshman member of Congress, with a payroll of $243,431 in his first three months of office. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), on the other hand, had by far the lowest total payroll, not even breaking six digits.

Walsh's payroll was nearly $35,000 less than Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), the next lowest-paying member. Walsh, a self-identified Tea Party activist, only had three employees when he took office on Jan. 3, although by the end of March his staff totaled 12 people (representatives are allowed to have up to 18 full-time employees).

Tipton, by contrast, had 16 full-time aides when he took office on Jan. 3, and he expanded his staff to the maximum 18 full-time employees, along with three interns and a part-time shared staffer.

The 2011 first quarter House salary data was released last week, providing the first look at the salaries paid by the large class of 94 House freshmen in the 112th Congress. The average payroll for the group was $176,342. Although these members generally took office with a core group of staffers, most built up their staff over the first few months, so their payrolls lagged behind the average of $246,911 for members returning from the 111th Congress.

10 highest-paying freshmen members of Congress:
Amount Member
$243,431.38 Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Colo.)
$232,101.35 Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
$220,819.43 Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.)
$220,032.23 Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.)
$216,122.20 Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.)
$212,000.01 Rep. Mike Grimm (R-N.Y.)
$209,570.64 Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)
$205,191.65 Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio)
$205,138.86 Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
$204,497.76 Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.)Two members of Long's 10th highest paid staff among the 94 House freshman discussing, we surmise, why the bus stops here.

10 lowest-paying freshmen members of Congress:
Amount Member
$98,900.33 Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)
$123,547.30 Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.)
$126,636.09 Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.)
$131,704.99 Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.)
$132,963.90 Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)
$138,378.33 Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.)
$138,985.01 Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.)
$142,811.55 Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.)
$143,337.73 Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)
$143,676.06 Rep. Rick Berg (R-N.D.)


Anonymous said...

And what do these people do? I doubt Billy nor his staff have a clue.

Timeshare Jake said...

They block tough questions from approaching Long.

From The Pitch:

What is surprising, however, is who landed in the top 10 highest-paying freshman members: 7th District Rep. Billy Long. A one-time tea party favorite, Long once said, "Down in southwest Missouri, we've been tea party before tea party was cool." More recently, Long has been catching hell from both sides of the aisle for not being conservative enough and for mocking Missouri's tornado-warning system. Long represents Joplin, where at least 153 people died after a devastating tornado.

Long paid out the 10th most of freshman members -- $204,497.76 -- and has 20 employees including three shared workers. And, as you can see below, the Springfield auctioneer is more generous with his staff than Yoder:

Why is this surprising. Billy Long has show over the past few weeks he doesn't mind spending OPM--Other Peoples Money.

Anonymous said...

His staff is about worthless. Long has the worst constituent services.

Anonymous said...

"Weiner Yanked"