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48. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles )

Net worth: -$305,000

Bass is No. 498 in Congress with a minimum net worth of negative $304,997. She disclosed at least $45,000 in retirement savings from her years as a physician's assistant and instructor at USC and at least $500,000 in liabilities for mortgages on her homes in Sacramento and Los Angeles. In 2008, Bass became the first African-American woman in U.S. history to lead a state legislative house. She was an activist in South Los Angeles for a decade before entering politics.

Minimum Assets:
$195,000
Minimum Liabilities:
$500,000
Investments: 100%
Real estate: 0%
Trusts: 0%
Bank accounts: 0%

Top Assets

Rank Asset Type Owner Minimum value
1 TIAA-CREF Traditional Account Investments Member $100,001
2 TIAA CREF-CREF Investments Member $50,001
3 USC Retirement Savings 401 (a) Fidelity Magellan Investments Member $15,001
4 USC Retirement Savings 401(a) Fidelity Magellan Investments Member $15,001
5 USC Retirement Savings 401 (a) Fidelity Cash Reserve Investments Member $15,001

Top Liabilities

Creditor Type Owner Minimum value
1 Land Home Mortgage Mortgage On Personal Residence In L.A. Member $250,001
2 Green Tree Mortgage Mortgage On Personal Residence In Sacremento Member $250,001

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.