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Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), is a wealthy car dealer elected for the first time in 2010. "I'm a rich guy because I've worked hard," he says. (Washington Post Photo)

Congress' wealth outpaces Americans'

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One day after his shift at the steel mill, Gary Myers drove home in his 10-year-old Pontiac and told his wife he was going to run for Congress.

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The odds were long. At 34, Myers was the shift foreman at the "hot mill" of the Armco plant in Butler, Pa. He had no political experience, little or no money, and he was a Republican in a district that tilted Democrat.

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