Reps. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and John B. Larson of Connecticut form a trio of homeless leaders. With Pelosi in place, there is no obvious leadership slot for any of them, though predicting where they would end up if Pelosi departed is complicated.
Van Hollen is thought of as a leading contender to be Pelosiís favored successor, although the climb would be steep for him to contend with Hoyer. There is also chatter in his home state of Maryland that he could become director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, has spoken to members about filling an assistant leader slot, but Clyburn is in that job now.
Larson is waiting for Pelosi, but members sometimes speculate he could mount an uphill challenge to Hoyer.
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.