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Pension’s Perks for Members With a Past

Tonko served nearly 36 years in New York government until 2008, including posts in the state's transportation agency, energy research and development authority, and the State Assembly. He received a pension payment of $65,000 in 2010, according to his financial disclosure report.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who began receiving his pension in 1997, received about $14,000 in payments in 2010. He spent a decade in the state Senate as well as serving as Connecticut's attorney general from 1983 to 1989.

Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), who served in the state House from 1981 to 1994 and as lieutenant governor from 1994 to 2002, received $45,000 from her state's pension program in 2010.

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) has been receiving a pension from the state government for more than 30 years. In 2010 that check was more than $14,800, a number that has steadily climbed since Akaka left his post in the governor's office in 1976.

In addition, numerous Members list retirement annuities a mix of defined pension programs or newer retirement savings accounts from similar state service, although they are not yet old enough to trigger payments.

Members of Congress must file annual disclosure reports detailing their assets such as bank accounts, rental properties, stock holdings and investment accounts as well as their liabilities. The reports do not require Members to detail other holdings, however, such as personal residences or the amount of a spouse's annual income.

Roll Call's review of pension payments did not include all Members, some of whom have yet to file their annual reports.

Janie Lorber contributed to this report.

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