Many retired lawmakers have six-figure pensions

By Geoff Whiting, Fierce Government

Nearly 17 percent of retired federal lawmakers earn an annual pension of more than $100,000, reports Federal Times.

According to documents obtained under the Freedom Of Information Act, Fed Times says that of all retired congressmen from the past 30 years, 114, or 14.7 percent, have taken home more than $100,000 each year in pensions. Four have earned more than $174,000 annually starting in 2012–more, in fact, than the current salary of a senator or representative.

The Office of Personnel Management did not release the retired lawmakers’ names or redacted pension records due to privacy concerns.

USA Today recently reported that 21,000 out of roughly 1.9 million retired federal employees–roughly 1.1 percentearn pensions of more than $100,000.

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