Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Congressman Issa’s Statement on Brexit


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union: “The vote last night was historic, but it won’t change the special friendship we have with our allies in the U.K.,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “In a democracy, the people […] Read More

Issa Statement on Ruling in United States v. Texas


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Texas, which held that that President’s use of executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is unconstitutional: “Today’s decision is a victory for the Constitution and rule of law as it was designed to be,” said […] Read More

Congressman Issa Op-Ed: “Obama Must Follow Through on Transparency Promise”


In today’s Sacramento Bee, Congressman Darrell Issa encourages President Obama to follow through on his pledge to sign bipartisan reforms to the Freedom of Information Act approved by the House and Senate earlier this month. Congressman Issa has been a champion for fixing FOIA, leading the charge for many of the reforms which are expected to […] Read More

RE: Community Concerns About Nuclear Waste at SONGS


On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:30PM, the Department of Energy will be sending a representative to our community to hear from local citizens about their concerns about the long-term storage of nuclear waste at the SONGS facility. The decommissioning of SONGS facility has been a major source of concern. Until we can either stop […] Read More

Congressman Issa Votes to Stop IRS From Targeting Americans


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed, H.R. 5053, the Preventing IRS Abuse and Protecting Free Speech Act, which would prevent the IRS from requiring non-profit groups to submit lists of donor names on their tax return: “All Americans should be disturbed that non-profits, charities, and other […] Read More

Reps. Issa, Chaffetz and Cummings Applaud Passage of Bipartisan FOIA Reform Bill


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation, S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which includes provisions of a companion bill introduced in the House by former Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), and current Ranking Member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The FOIA Improvement Act […] Read More

ICYMI: Rep. Issa Asks Why Government Isn’t Embracing Uber and Lyft As A Way To Save Taxpayer Money


Can federal workers use Uber and Lyft on official travel to save taxpayer dollars? That was the question Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) raised today on Mornings with Maria. The Congressman joined the program to discuss a letter he sent to the General Services Administration (and the response he received) inquiring as to whether federal employees […] Read More

ICYMI: Congressman Issa Discusses TSA Privatization on CNN’s “New Day”


WASHINGTON, DC — This morning, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) joined CNN’s New Day to discuss his proposal to make security lines at the airport move more quickly. Check out the interview below: Highlights: “When you take government it’s going to be more bureaucratic. When you unionize, it’s going to be more bureaucratic.” “If you take […] Read More

Issa Sponsored Civil Forfeiture Bill Passes Judiciary Committee


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced with his colleagues last week to rein in civil asset forfeiture abuse. The DUE PROCESS Act of 2016 (H.R. 5283) will strengthen American protections for property rights and due process by preventing the police from unjustly taking citizens’ property. Congressman […] Read More

ICYMI: Rep. Issa in CNN Opinion: TSA Is A Mess. Let’s Privatize It.


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wrote an article featured in CNN Opinion this morning arguing that amidst reports of nightmarish security lines at the airport, TSA should consider getting out of the airport security screening business altogether. Here are some of the highlights. You can also check out the full length piece on […] Read More

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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

Rep. Issa Questions Sec. John Kerry Over Email and Text Message FOIA Requests

2016-02-26 04:06:12

Rep. Issa Joins Mornings with Maria to Discuss Encryption

2016-02-26 04:06:33

Rep. Issa on Squawk Alley: Apple Shouldn’t Be Forced to Undermine Encryption

2016-02-22 23:12:34

Issa: I am potentially a candidate for Speaker of the House

2015-10-09 11:40:51

Rep. Issa Calls for Criminal Investigation of Hillary Clinton's Private Server

2015-08-13 20:45:24

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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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