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Car leases by Congress members by the numbers

Car leases by Congress members by the numbers:

Most Expensive Cars:

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark: Ford Expedition, $1,248.31

Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif.: Acura, $1,231.51

Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif.: Chevrolet truck, $1,227.17

Rep. John Sullivan, R-Okla.: Chevrolet, $1,180.99

Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio: Lincoln, $1,078.21

Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif.: Toyota Highlander, $1,073.73

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.: Lexus, $1,062.85

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.: Cadillac DeVille, $998.48

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C.: Ford Escape, $922.55

Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.: Chevrolet Tahoe, $903.80

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Lincoln Town Car, $901.22


Cheapest Cars:

Rep. John Carter, R-Texas: $210.65

Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.: Honda Accord, $214.79

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.: Chevrolet Impala, $219

Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.: Nissan Altima, $256.74

Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill.: Mercury, $266.55


Drive American? Several lawmakers chose to lease foreign cars at taxpayers' expense. Among them:

Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif.: Acura, $1,231.51

Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif.: Toyota Highlander, $1,073.73

Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.: Lexus: $1,062.85

Rep. Tom Feeney, R-Fla.: Nissan Pathfinder: $843.16

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.: Infiniti M45: $799.77

Rep. John Linder, R-Ga.: Lexus, $508.41

Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.: BMW 530i, $499.93

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.: Acura, $429.25

Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.: Nissan Altima, $256.74

Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C.: Honda Accord: $214.79


Double-dippers: The following members of Congress lease two cars monthly at taxpayer cost:

Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo.

Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas

Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo.


Triple Dippers: The following members lease three cars monthly at taxpayer expense:

Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C.

Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark.


What you pay for when a member of Congress leases a car:

1. The monthly cost of the lease

2. Insurance

3. Excess mileage charges

4. Incidental operating expenses (gas, oil, general maintenance, etc.)

5. Registration fees

6. Property tax during the term of the lease


Who's driving what:

_Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., knows his cars: He once worked as a toll collector on the New York State Thruway. He leases a BMW 530i for $499.93 a month and a Nissan Altima for $256.74 a month.

_Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., was a federal judge before he was impeached and removed from office. Taxpayers now pay $799.77 a month for his Infiniti M45, a luxury sedan that he drives through a district in which nearly 22 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.


Below is a complete list of House members who lease cars with public funds:

Name/ Total 2005 lease cost/ Political affiliation, state/ Number of SUVs/ Type

_Rodney Alexander, $10,338.84, R-La., 1, GMC Yukon

_Joe Baca, $8,456.80, D-Calif., vehicles not identified

_Bob Beauprez, $5,856.96, R-Colo., 1, GMC Envoy

_Howard Berman, $7,144.65, D-Calif., 1, Ford Escape

_Marion Berry, $5,279.54, D-Ark., 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Michael Bilirakis, $5,774.41, R-Fla., Ford 500

_Roy Blunt, $10,845.60, R-Mo., 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Sherwood Boehlert, $7,513.40, R-N.Y., 1, Jeep

_Jo Bonner, $8,265.36, R-Ala., 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Mary Bono, $8,775.96, R-Calif., 1, Ford Expedition

_John Boozman, $7,791.36, R-Ark., Buick LaCrosse

_Leonard Boswell, $6,298.56, D-Iowa, Chrysler Town & Country

_Kevin Brady, $7,293.33, R-Texas, 1, GMC Yukon

_Dan Burton, $14,175.33, R-Ind., Dodge

_Dave Camp, $7,772.07, R-Mich., 1, GMC Envoy

_Chris Cannon, $3,734.74, R-Utah, Dodge Intrepid

_Dennis Cardoza, $13,498.87, D-Calif., Chevy Truck

_Julia Carson, $4,608.54, D-Ind., Chrysler 300

_John Carter, $2,527.80, R-Texas, 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Donna Christensen, $3,767.52, D-Virgin Islands

_William Lacy Clay, $5,453.62, D-Mo., Mercury Montego

_James Clyburn, $6,122.52, D-S.C., Lincoln

_Michael Conaway, $4,693.12, R-Texas, 1, Ford Expedition

_Christopher Cox, $4,496.09, R-Calif., Chrysler Sebring

_Robert "Bud" Cramer, $8,778.68, D-Ala., 1, Ford Explorer

_Joseph Crowley, $5,580.00, D-N.Y., vehicles not identified

_Henry Cuellar, $3,297.12, D-Texas, vehicles not identified

_John Culberson, $6,735.60, R-Texas, Chrysler Sebring

_Randy "Duke" Cunningham, $7,652.40, R-Calif., 1, Ford SUV

_Artur Davis, $7,684.53, D-Ala., Ford 500

_Danny Davis, $3,534.63, D-Ill., Mercury Grand

_Diana DeGette, $5,113.16, D-Colo., 1, Ford Freestyle

_Bill Delahunt, $6,018.76, D-Mass., Ford 500

_Lincoln Diaz-Balart, $10,394.52, R-Fla., Chrysler

_Mario Diaz-Balart, $10,184.88, R-Fla., Chrysler 300

_John Doolittle, $3,221.19, R-Calif., 1, Toyota Highlander

_David Dreier, $7,158.11, R-Calif., Chrysler 300

_Anna Eshoo, $5,151.00, D-Calif., Acura

_Lane Evans, $7,662.48, D-Ill., 1, Chevy Trailblazer

_Chaka Fattah, $8,513.50, D-Pa., 1, GMC Envoy

_Tom Feeney, $10,117.92, R-Fla., 1, Nissan Pathfinder

_Michael Fitzpatrick, $4,349.61, R-Pa., Ford 500

_Mark Foley, $4,088.70, R-Fla., 1, GMC Yukon

_Harold Ford, $8,049.84, D-Tenn., 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Jeff Fortenberry, $3,393.49, R-Neb., Buick

_Vito Fossella, $7,733.04, R-N.Y., 1, Jeep Grand Cherokee

_Phil Gingrey, $7,389.10, R-Ga., 1, GMC Yukon

_Sam Graves, $14,950.00, R-Mo., Buick LeSabre; Chevy

_Gene Green, $7,626.36, D-Texas, Impala

_Al Green, $8,877.48, D-Texas, 1, GMC Yukon

_Raul Grijalva, $3,946.20, D-Ariz., Chevy Impala

_Alcee Hastings, $10,147.06, D-Fla., Infiniti M45

_Wally Herger, $8,400.00, R-Calif., 1, Ford

_Brian Higgins, $3,406.84, D-N.Y., 1, Chevy Trailblazer

_Maurice Hinchey, $9,080.04, D-N.Y., BMW 530i; Nissan Altima

_David Hobson, $5,582.40, R-Ohio, Pontiac

_Peter Hoekstra, $7,164.63, R-Mich., 1, Ford Escape

_Sheila Jackson-Lee, $9,081.26, D-Texas, 1, Lincoln Navigator

_William Jefferson, $9,524.28, D-La., Lincoln Town Car

_Bobby Jindal, $6,979.48, R-La., vehicles not identified

_Sam Johnson, $7,076.04, R-Texas, 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Stephanie Tubbs Jones, $5,923.20, D-Ohio, Chrysler 300

_Paul Kanjorski, $11,289.88, D-Pa., 1, GMC Yukon

_Ric Keller, $6,944.52, R-Fla., 1, Mercury Mountaineer

_Sue Kelly, $8,735.70, R-N.Y., 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Mark Kennedy, $6,946.44, R-Minn., 1, Ford Explorer

_Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, $9,792.00, D-Mich., Cadillac

_Steve LaTourette, $8,178.84, R-Ohio, Lincoln LS

_Barbara Lee, $7,250.88, D-Calif., Chrysler

_Jerry Lewis, $6,831.11, R-Calif., vehicles not identified

_John Lewis, $8,618.35, D-Ga., Pontiac Bonneville

_John Linder, $6,609.33, R-Ga., Lexus

_Connie Mack, $3,031.38, R-Fla., Ford 500

_Donald Manzullo, $5,548.68, R-Ill., 1, Mercury Mountaineer

_Jim McCrery, $6,872.64, R-La., Ford 500

_Mike McIntyre, $13,130.40, D-N.C.,1, Chevy Trailblazer; Pontiac Grand Prix ; Pontiac Bonneville

_Howard "Buck" McKeon, $14,778.12, R-Calif., Acura

_Cynthia McKinney, $4,353.44, D-Ga., 1, Ford Expedition

_Mike McNulty, $9,925.44, D-N.Y., 1, Buick Rainier

_Kendrick Meek, $9,209.16, D-Fla., vehicles not identified

_Gregory Meeks, $12,754.20, D-N.Y., Lexus

_Charlie Melancon, $6,804.63, D-La., 1, Ford Expedition

_Mike Michaud, $1,276.95, D-Maine, Toyota Camry

_Juanita Millender-McDonald, $8,888.28, D-Calif., Ford

_Gary Miller, $8,660.88, R-Calif., 1, Ford Expedition

_Sue Myrick, $2,577.48, R-N.C., Honda Accord

_Randy Neugebauer, $17,262.59, R-Texas, 2, Chevy Tahoes

_Bob Ney, $12,988.52, R-Ohio, Lincoln

_Solomon Ortiz, $8,491.56, D-Texas, 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Major Owens, $8,880.00, D-N.Y., Chevy Impala

_Ed Pastor, $6,272.16, D-Ariz., Chrysler 300

_Mike Pence, $4,226.28, R-Ind., Chevy Venture

_Collin Peterson, $9,402.52, D-Minn., 1, Chevy Equinox; Dodge

_John Peterson, $10,393.94, R-Pa., 1, GMC Yukon

_Richard Pombo, $7,086.36, R-Calif., Lincoln

_Nick Rahall, $11,724.00, D-W.Va., vehicles not identified

_Charlie Rangel, $11,981.76, D-N.Y., Cadillac DeVille

_Ralph Regula, $6,864.00, R-Ohio, vehicles not identified

_Dennis Rehberg, $8,437.00, R-Mont., 1, Chevy Tahoe

_Rick Renzi, $8,919.24, R-Ariz., Dodge

_Silvestre Reyes, $6,419.28, D-Texas, 1, GMC Yukon

_Tom Reynolds, $6,291.90, R-N.Y., 1, Mercury Mountaineer

_Harold Rogers, $5,927.16, R-K.Y., vehicles not identified

_Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, $7,199.88, R-Fla., Chrysler Sebring

_Mike Ross, $36,343.44, D-Ark., 1, Ford 500; Ford Crown Victoria; Ford Expedition

_Ed Royce, $6,373.20, R-Calif., Ford 500

_Bobby Rush, $7,900.20, D-Ill., vehicles not identified

_Paul Ryan, $3,150.00, R-Wis., Chevy

_Jim Ryun, $7,348.20, R-Kan., 1, Chevy Trailblazer

_Linda Sanchez, $4,890.05, D-Calif., Chevy Impala

_Jim Saxton, $3,730.08, R-N.J., 1, Chevy Trailblazer

_Adam Schiff, $6,774.68, D-Calif., Chrysler 300

_Jose Serrano, $3,901.02, D-N.Y., Buick Lacrosse

_Don Sherwood, $6,332.16, R-Pa., Chevy Impala

_Bill Shuster, $7,489.68, R-Pa., Chrysler Town and Country

_Mike Simpson, $8,421.46, R-Idaho, 2, GMC Envoys

_Louise Slaughter, $7,575.66, D-N.Y., Pontiac Bonneville

_Vic Snyder, $5,747.16, D-Ark., Buick LeSabre

_Mark Souder, $5,760.00, R-Ind., Dodge van

_Cliff Stearns, $7,762.69, R-Fla., Chrysler Town and Country

_John Sullivan, $15,596.91, R-Okla., Chevy

_Tom Tancredo, $14,201.04, R-Colo., Chevy; other vehicle not identified

_John Tanner, $5,493.60, D-Tenn., Ford Freestar

_Edolphus Towns, $11,321.04, D-N.Y., vehicles not identified

_Nydia Velazquez, $2,308.85, D-N.Y., vehicles not identified

_Peter Visclosky, $7,383.36, D-Ind., Buick

_James T. Walsh, $3,526.47, R-N.Y., 1, Jeep

_Maxine Waters, $10,814.64, D-Calif., Lincoln Town Car

_Diane Watson, $10,093.32 , D-Calif., vehicles not identified

_Melvin Watt, $9,567.00, D-N.C., vehicles not identified

_Anthony Weiner, $2,628.00, D-N.Y., Chevy Impala

_Curt Weldon, $8,551.12, R-Pa., 1, Ford Expedition

_Roger Wicker, $7,965.72, R-Miss., 1, Buick Rainier

_Joe Wilson, $11,070.60, R-S.C., 1, Ford Escape

_Lynn Woolsey, $5,623.08, D-Calif., Ford Taurus

_Don Young, $9,413.14, R-Alaska, Chrysler 300

Total: $1,052,886.97


(c) 2006, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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