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55. David Valadao (R-Hanford)

Net worth: -$8.7 million

Valadao, a dairy farmer, is the poorest member of Congress, ranked No. 541 with a minimum net worth of a negative $8.7 million. His farms are worth at least $1.25 million but his liabilities -- lines of credit for farming equipment -- total at least $10 million. Valadao's parents are Portuguese and immigrated to the United States from the Azores before starting the family farm in the 1970s, according to Congressional Quarterly. He was a member of the California Assembly before being elected to Congress.

Minimum Assets:
$1.3 million
Minimum Liabilities:
$10.0 million
Investments: 0%
Real estate: 99%
Trusts: 0%
Bank accounts: 0%

Top Assets

Rank Asset Type Owner Minimum value
1 Valadao Dairy Milk, Hanford, CA Real Estate Member $1,000,001
2 Triple V Dairy milk, Hanford, CA Real Estate Member $250,001
3 American Fidelity (Fixed Annuity) Investments Member $1,001

Top Liabilities

Creditor Type Owner Minimum value
1 Rabobank N.A. CA Line Of Credit Member $5,000,001
2 Rabobank N.A. CA Line Of Credit Member $1,000,001
3 Delbert Ray Ellis Financing Member $1,000,001
4 Rabobank Line Of Credit Member $1,000,001
5 Rabobank Line Of Credit Member $1,000,001
6 Western Milling LLC Line Of Credit Member $500,001
7 Rabobank N.A. CA Line Of Credit Member $250,001
8 Western Equipment Finance Inc. Line Of Credit Member $100,001
9 Robert Stewart Trust Financing Member $100,001
10 Kubata Credit Corporation U.S.A. Line Of Credit Member $50,001

Credits: Christina Bellantoni, Christine Mai-Duc, Lily Mihalik, Javier Panzar, Anthony Pesce, Ben Welsh and Sarah Wire.

About this data: These are the assets disclosed for calendar year 2014 compiled by Roll Call. They are ranked from largest to smallest. Financial disclosure rules allow lawmakers to report broad ranges of minimums for both assets and liabilities, starting at $1 to $1,000 and topping out at $50 million or higher, so it is impossible to offer precise figures. The minimum values shown are how Roll Call calculated the net worth for each member.

Roll Call assigns assets and liabilities into several categories. The disclosure forms indicate if the asset or liability is owned solely by the member, by the member’s spouse, by the member’s dependent(s) or jointly owned by the member and spouse. The names of the assets and liabilities appear as they were entered on the forms filed with the clerk of the House and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.