Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Congressman Issa Votes To Stop Future Ransom Payments To Iran


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act (H.R. 5931). “The Administration paid ransom-money to the leading state-sponsor of terror. There are no buts about it,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “The President’s already dangerous deal with Iran was made even worse […] Read More

ICYMI: City of San Clemente Endorses Congressman Issa’s Sober Homes Reform Bill


On Tuesday, the City Council for San Clemente unanimously voted to endorse legislation Congressman Darrell Issa introduced earlier this week — the Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act (H.R. 6070) — which would empower state and local government to oversee residential recovery facilities, which include sober living homes. The bill fixes the Fair Housing Act in order to […] Read More

Congressman Darrell Issa Introduces Sober Living Homes Reform Bill


SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Today Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced legislation that would allow state and local governments to implement reasonable oversight of residential recovery facilities, which include sober living homes. The Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act (H.R. 6070) would fix the Fair Housing Act in order to end the prohibition on state and local […] Read More

ICYMI: Reps. Darrell Issa and Mimi Walters Op-Ed: “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights A Critical Step Forward”


In an op-ed for Independent Journal Review this morning, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) and Congresswoman Mimi Walters (CA-45) point to the growing rape-kit backlog and recent high-profile sexual assault cases to make the case for why these important reforms should be passed into law as soon as possible. The full piece is available here and excerpts are available […] Read More

House Passes VA Reform Bill Co-Sponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa


Today the House of Representatives voted to approve a bill co-sponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) designed to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs to bring real accountability, improve service, and ensure our nation’s veterans receive the care and support they deserve. The VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act (HR. 5620) increases accountability at […] Read More

Goodlatte, Marino, and Issa Applaud Committee Passage of Bill to Stop Midnight Regulations


Washington, D.C.— House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.), and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman, and sponsor of the bill Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) praised the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 5982) by a vote of […] Read More

House Passes Congressman Issa-Supported Legislation To Strengthen Career and Technical Education


Today the House of Representatives approved legislation co-sponsored by Congressman Darrell Issa to increase Americans’ access to career and technical education. The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587) reforms the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to help position young Americans with the skills needed for today’s […] Read More

Rep. Issa Votes To Protect Freedom of Speech Online


Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) voted for and the House of Representatives approved a bill that would prevent companies from suing customers for leaving true – but negative – online reviews. The Consumer Review Fairness Act protects Freedom of Speech and comes after a number of consumers have found themselves in court, fighting back multi-million dollar […] Read More

Issa, Goodlatte and Sessions Introduce Bill to Stop Expensive Lame Duck Regulations


Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) introduced the Midnight Rules Relief Act (H.R. 5982) to halt the implementation of high-cost or politically-driven regulations during the last days and months of the Obama administration. The […] Read More

Issa Votes To Pass Sexual Assault Reform


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted 399-0 to approve a bill providing additional protections for survivors of sexual assaults — the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act of 2016 (H.R. 5578). The measure, which was cosponsored by Congressman Issa and introduced by neighboring Congresswomen Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) and Zoe Lofgren […] Read More

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2016-09-02 16:11:04

Congressional Delegation to Miramar and Pendleton on Military Readiness

2016-09-01 16:11:13

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2016-08-19 23:23:10

Congressman Issa Tours San Diego Startup Companies for "Startup Day Across America"

2016-08-05 17:47:22

Darrell Issa Talks with Fox 5 San Diego About His Plan To Stop The Outsourcing of American Jobs

2016-07-28 21:35:03

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

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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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