Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Congressman Issa Introduces Bill To Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is today announcing new, bipartisan legislation to stop the outsourcing of American jobs by companies abusing the H1-B visa program. H.R. 5801, the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act,” led by Congressman Darrell Issa, is introduced with support from the entire San Diego Congressional Delegation, industry stakeholders, and immigration policy leaders […] Read More

Representative Issa Votes To Increase Benefits for Disabled Veterans Bipartisan legislation would boost compensation for disabled veterans and provide a cost-of-living adjustment


This week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) voted for important legislation to increase veterans’ disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2016 (H.R. 5588) passed the House of Representatives with unanimous support. “Our veterans put their lives on the line for us all. It’s our responsibility to ensure […] Read More

Congressman Issa Questions Attorney General Loretta Lynch


Today Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) questioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee where she refused to answer even the most basic questions regarding the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information. Congressman Issa’s line of questioning was focused on what appears to be a growing dual-track justice system […] Read More

Congressman Issa Sponsors Bill To Ensure Veterans Get Care They Deserve


In response to the ever-growing list of problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today sponsored new legislation to help ensure our nation’s heroes get the care they deserve. The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 5620) will increase accountability at the agency by making it easier […] Read More

House Panel Approves Sexual Assault and DNA Analysis Reform Bills


Today Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) voted for and the House Judiciary Committee approved two important criminal justice reform measures that will provide protections for survivors of sexual assault and allow Rapid DNA analysis machines to be used at local police stations. The first measure, the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act of 2016 (H.R. 5578), was […] Read More

Rep. Issa Votes To Help Families in Mental Health Crises


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after voting in the House of Representatives to pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2016 (H.R. 2646) which strengthens our nation’s mental health services: “Today, 1 in 5 Americans are living with some form of mental illness, but only about half of those […] Read More

Issa: FBI Decision Stunning, Shows Politically-Connected Few Play By Different Set of Rules


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement in response to FBI Director James Comey’s announcement today that the FBI will not recommend charges against Fmr. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “This stunning decision shows just what the American people are so tired of: a system where the Clintons and the politically-connected few get to play by […] Read More

Congressman Issa Applauds President’s Signing of FOIA Reform Bill


VISTA, Calif. – Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after President Obama signed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337) into law this afternoon. The FOIA Improvement Act contains many important bipartisan reforms Congressman Darrell Issa introduced and has worked across the aisle with fellow Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to pass for […] Read More

Congressman Issa Statement on Benghazi Investigative Report


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement after the House Select Committee on Benghazi released its final investigative report into the 2012 terrorist attacks that killed four Americans in Libya. “It is time to tell the truth about Benghazi because we owe nothing less than that […] Read More

California Republicans To Administration: Reject State’s Expansion of Obamacare to Illegal Immigrants


Members of California’s congressional delegation are increasing pressure on the Obama Administration to stop the state’s plan to expand Obamacare coverage to illegal immigrants.  Over the weekend, nine members of Congress from California joined forces to send a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the Treasury asking the Administration to deny the state’s application […] Read More

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Congressman Issa Talks with ABC San Diego About His Bill To Fix the Veterans Administration

2016-07-13 14:32:38

Rep. Issa Talks With Fox News About The FBI's Decision Not To Prosecute Hillary Clinton

2016-07-12 21:52:53

Rep. Issa Questions Loretta Lynch At Hearing Over Hillary's Email Investigation

2016-07-12 17:42:08

Rep. Issa Sponsored Sexual Assault Reforms Pass House Panel

2016-07-08 13:57:24

Rep. Issa Talks with Your World on Fox News about the Stunning FBI Announcement on Hillary's Emails

2016-07-06 22:54:04

Issa Asks Why Government Isn't Embracing Uber and Lyft To Save Taxpayer Dollars

2016-06-03 15:14:10

Privatize the TSA? Congressman Issa Discusses With CNBC's Squawk on the Street

2016-06-01 15:59:08

Should the TSA be Privatized? Rep. Issa Discusses with CNN New Day

2016-05-26 17:14:47

NBC Discusses Need For Civil Forfeiture and How Congress Is Working to Stop Policing for Profit

2016-05-26 17:16:06

Issa Discusses Upcoming IRS Misconduct Hearings with Neil Cavuto

2016-05-16 18:27:52

Issa on Washington Journal Discussing Civil Asset Forfeiture

2016-05-12 15:14:24

Representative Issa Discusses the Future of the Internet of Things

2016-05-10 20:22:32

Issa Calls for Feds to Add Hearing on San Onofre

2016-04-06 20:46:16

Rep. Issa Chats with CNBC's Squawk Alley on Future of Encryption

2016-03-30 22:41:12

Rep. Issa on CBS This Morning To Talk The Latest In the Dispute Between Apple and FBI

2016-05-10 20:22:39

Rep. Issa Joins CNN's The Situation Room to Talk ISIS and Attacks in Brussels

2016-03-28 22:46:23

Rep. Issa Testifies For Renaming Camp Pendleton Post Office To Recognize Medal of Honor Recipients

2016-03-28 22:46:50

Rep. Darrell Issa Talks with Maria Bartiromo about Apple

2016-03-28 22:46:59

Rep. Issa Questioning At Judiciary Committee Hearing on Encryption

2016-03-02 17:57:08

Rep. Issa Questions FBI Director James Comey on Encryption at Judiciary Committee Hearing

2016-03-02 17:57:37

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Congressman Darrell Issa represents the people of California’s 49th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat he has held since 2001. The 49th District includes Camp Pendleton, the largest Marine Corps training facility in the United States, and the northern portions of San Diego County and southern Orange County. Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA. They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.

As a senior in high school, Issa enlisted in the United States Army. Through his Army service, he received an ROTC scholarship and graduated with a degree in business from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. Upon graduation, Issa was commissioned as an Army officer, and ultimately obtained the rank of captain. He completed his active-duty military service in 1980 and turned his interests to the private sector.

At the height of his career in business, Issa served as CEO of California-based Directed Electronics, a company that Issa founded and built in the mid-1990s to become the nation’s largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices, including the highly-successful Viper system. In 1994, Issa was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine, Ernst & Young and The San Diego Union Tribune. During his leadership of Directed Electronics, Issa served as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, an organization of 2000 companies within the consumer technology industry that hosts the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When he stepped down as CEO to serve as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Directed Electronics employed nearly 200 people.

As a Congressman and leader in California grassroots politics, Issa has championed the cause of smart, efficient government, and has pushed legislation to balance the federal budget and promote transparency across the federal bureaucracy. In 2003, Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.

Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Energy & Commerce Committee, and the Small Business Committee. As the holder of 37 patents himself, Issa has been vigilant about protecting the intellectual property rights of artists and other entrepreneurs to help protect America’s position at the forefront of innovation and creativity in the entertainment and technology industries. His successful efforts to fight human trafficking along the United States border has resulted in tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and more consistent enforcement. His watchful concern to guarantee that U.S. taxpayers receive the royalties they are owed from mineral interests on federal lands exposed fraud and mismanagement at the Mineral Management Service (MMS) in 2006.

In 2008, when Congress was asked to pass the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the wake of an historic financial crisis, Issa stood by his instincts as a businessman and opposed giving a blank-check bailout to Wall Street – he voted against all bailouts during the financial crisis. Refusing to give up and concede to those who favored a bailout-centered response to this and future financial failures, Issa put forward a proposal to create a bipartisan commission to uncover the root causes of the financial crisis. This idea was passed into law in early 2009 and the investigation commenced in January 2010. Issa expects the results will reveal government mistakes and protect U.S. taxpayers from future runaway government intervention in the financial and housing markets.

Recognizing his success as a Congressional watchdog of taxpayer dollars, at the beginning of the 111th Congress House Republicans tapped Issa to serve as the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the main investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives charged with the protecting the interests of U.S. taxpayers and eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. In the first year of his leadership, the committee has undertaken numerous detailed investigations of the Countrywide Financial VIP Program that benefited government officials with special reduced-rate mortgage loans, the illegal use of taxpayer dollars by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), the decades-old misplaced government agenda to manipulate the U.S. housing market through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that created the housing crisis, the politicization of science at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and a broad investigation into the financial crisis of 2008-2009.

As a fiscal conservative committed firmly to low taxes and free markets, Issa has opposed the rise of out-of-control government spending and fought tirelessly for the responsible, transparent use of taxpayer dollars. He’s pushed to achieve more whistleblower protections for those who report waste, fraud and abuse in the federal bureaucracy. And he’s offered substantive reform initiatives to open up government so that Americans know what’s happening in Washington and can become more democratically engaged in the day-to-day oversight of their government.

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