Here's a sign that Sen. Claire McCaskill plans to stick around Washington, D.C. for a while. The Missouri Democrat bought a unit a high-end D.C. development for $2.7 million, Washingtonian reports.
The building has 216 units "and McCaskill's was the most expensive sold yet when she bought it in early February." McCaskill and husband Joseph Shepard made the purchase three months after winning a second, six-year term.
McCaskill has built her national profile on populist issues, like raising the minimum wage and tax hikes on wealthier earners.
Washingtonian has more about the purchase.
The condos at CityCenterDC come with features like Miele appliances in the kitchen and adjustable wardrobe systems in the bedrooms. The building includes amenities such as a party room with private wine storage and a fitness center with private spa services.
McCaskill also recently unloaded her previous Washington apartment, a two-bedroom unit in a Massachusetts Ave., NW, building she purchased shortly after she was sworn in to her first term in 2007.
Her old place sold for about $750,000 and nearly $123,000 above its assessed value, according to DC property records.
But don't get any sympathetic sticker shock for the senator. After all, most members of Congress are millionaires, and McCaskill is well above average, with an estimated net worth between $15.1 million and $26.8 million. McCaskill's husband, Joseph Shepard, is a St. Louis developer whose companies received nearly $40 million in federal housing subsidies between 2007 and 2011.
Not surprisingly, the senator's real estate purchase has attracted criticism from conservatives.National Review's Jim Geraghty notes that "McCaskill's most recent financial disclosure form estimates her net worth to be between $15 million to $26 million. In 2011, she got in some hot water over her private plane and need to pay back $287,273 for four years of unpaid taxes on the single-engine turbo-prop Pilatus PC-12. After paying the back taxes, she boasted, "This problem came to light because of the kind of transparency that I have worked for."