Rep. Rob Bishop spends the most on staff among Utah’s House members while Rep. Mia Love spends the least according to a new analysis.
Roll Call broke down the staff salaries for each of the 435 House members in this Congress. Bishop was tops among Utah’s delegation, spending more than $1.2 million on staff. Love spent the least, and was near the bottom overall for staff spending at just $899,363.
How much members spend on staff can differ because of salary variation, number of employees in an office, or a combination of both.
Many chiefs of staff in the House, for example, are on track to make well over $160,000 in 2016, based on the House disbursement filings from the first quarter.
House member offices also receive different budgets — known as members’ representational allowances — though each includes the same amount for staff pay.
Members, however, can choose to spend that staff pay section of their budgets on other expenses, and they can use other money in the MRA for staff if they choose.
Lawmakers in party leadership positions or who sit atop committees are able to hire staff for those separate offices without using their personal office allowances. Neither leadership nor committee offices were included in this analysis, but district employees were.
Four of the top five spenders on staff were Democrats. Republican Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa spent the least.