Rep. Jerry Costello’s retirement at the end of this Congress has led a number of ambitious Illinois politicos to eye the Democrat’s 12th district seat.
Jason Plummer, who was the 2010 GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, entered the race earlier this week, joining three other Republicans in the field. And the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis (D) is likely to make a bid for the seat.
If Callis jumps in the race, national Democrats would consider her a top-tier candidate.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.