Email #2, Subject: your salary

I read online that Congressional Representatives make $174,000. Is that correct? That seems like a hell of a lot of money, way way beyond the vast majority of the people in your district, myself certainly included. My wife pointed out that travel expenses would be high for a lot of Representatives–though obviously not for you since you’re within easy driving distance of DC. But there’s also needing two places to live. Do you have to pay for your staff out of your own salary?  It’s clear I have no real idea what expenses you have and which if any you receive additional money for. So do the math for me. What exactly do you make, in salary plus expenses, and, after subtracting money you have to spend to do your job, how much do you have left?

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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