8 of 10 Richest Congressional Districts are Repped by Democrats

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The two richest men in America are Obama supporters. Obama won the wealthiest places in the country and the richest House districts are Democratic territory.

The Democratic Party’s class warfare is as much a hoax as its constant claims of racism.

Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It’s a label that has stuck for decades, and you’re hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits.

But in Congress, the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican. Of the 10 richest House districts, only two have Republican congressmen. Democrats claim the top six, sprinkled along the East and West coasts. Most are in overwhelmingly Democratic states like New York and California.

The richest: New York’s 12th Congressional District, which includes Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as well as parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Democrat Carolyn Maloney is in her 11th term representing the district.

Per capita income in Maloney’s district is $75,479. That’s more than $75,000 a year for every man, woman and child. The next highest income district, which runs along the southern California coast, comes in at $61,273. Democrat Henry Waxman is in his 20th term representing the Los Angeles-area district.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco district comes in at No. 8.

Across the country, Democratic House districts have an average per capita income of $27,893. That’s about $1,000 higher than the average income in Republican districts.

The Republicans are the party of the middle class. It’s about time the GOP did a better job of representing that.

  • georgejochnowitz

    To an extent, the parties have switched. The New York Times endorsed both Dewey and Eisenhower in their races for president. In 1936, Vermont was one of the two states that voted Republican. When colleges began their complicated admissions policies in the 1920s to keep down the percentage of Jewish students, it was because Jews were lower-class and vulgar. A few decades later, it was because Jews were rich and over-privileged.

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  • Gee

    The Republicans fought the Civil War against the desires Democrats. Republicans force the anti-slavery amendments over Democrat opposition. It was the Republicans that fought segregation while the Democrats fought to keep it.
    Yet the Democrats have a vast majority of the Black voters

  • Johnnnyboy

    Liberalism and socialism are elitist. Not that they do not have egalitarian roots. But once evolved, both concepts require a ruling elite. That is why the rich and the well educated eventually latch on. Implicitly, the wealthy and the well educated come to think of themselves as the more equal than equal class that gets to govern.