Personal Financial Disclosure
Every Member of the U.S. House of Representatives who was in office by May 15 of the current year is required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement covering these categories, for the previous calendar year:
- earned income (e.g., salaries and fees)
- donations made by others to charities in lieu of paying a Representative for a speech, appearance, or article
- “unearned” income
- assets purchased, sold, or exchanged
- gifts received
- travel reimbursements
- positions held by the Representative
- agreements with outside entities
Financial disclosure statements for Representatives are available on the Internet on or about June 15 of the year they are filed. I took office on January 3, 2013. My first financial disclosure statement will be filed with the Clerk of the House on May 15, 2013, and will be available on the Internet (through the Clerk’s Financial Disclosure Reports Database).
Travel Expense Reimbursements
Every Member of the House of Representatives is required to file reports which detail travel-related expenses reimbursed by nongovernment sources and charitable contributions made in lieu of honoraria (a payment for services that do not have a set fee). All of these reports are available through the Gift and Travel Filings page maintained by the Clerk of the House.
Every three months, the Chief Administrative Officer of the House publishes the “Statement of Disbursements” — the official report of the receipts and expenditures of every office of the House of Representatives. The full text of this report is now available.