Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Issa Office Announces Beginning of Congressional App Challenge


Office will accept submissions from high-school students within California’s 49th Congressional district WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa’s office is excited to announce its participation in the Second Annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a competition for U.S. high school students. This competition is designed to engage student creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education [...] Read More

Foreign Affairs Committee Passes First Responders Passport Act of 2015


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed the First Responders Passport Act of 2015, sponsored by Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA). The bill is further supported by Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), and twenty additional bipartisan cosponsors. The First Responders Passport Act of 2015, [...] Read More

Issa Statement on Passing of Howard Coble


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released the following statement in response to the news that former North Carolina representative Howard Coble has passed away: “Today, we mourn the passing of former Representative Howard Coble. I am proud to have served with Howard, a serious legislator who accomplished much for North Carolina over [...] Read More

Issa: Paul Ryan Represents “Opportunity to Set a New Course”


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released the following statement in response to the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House: “Paul Ryan is a friend and respected colleague.  His election as Speaker gives the House the opportunity to set a new course that better serves our nation, to hold ourselves [...] Read More

Issa: “I Will Not Sell Our Future for This Year’s Budget”


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement following his vote against today’s budget deal: “Americans expect Congress to be the force that reins in Washington’s out-of-control spending, including an Administration that has grown our federal bureaucracy to record levels. That means doing a better job of spending within our means, not [...] Read More

Issa Statement on Koskinen Impeachment Process


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released the following statement in response to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz’s decision, along with 18 other members of the Committee, to file an impeachment resolution against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen: “This is a serious matter.  The Judiciary Committee, on which I serve, will receive the [...] Read More

Issa: Lerner Decision Sends Signal There is No Consequence for Wrongdoing


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today responded to the Department of Justice’s announcement that it would be closing its investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups and that there would be no charges against Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency: “The Justice Department’s decision to close the IRS targeting investigation [...] Read More

Darrell Issa Responds to McCarthy Announcement in Speaker Race


WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released a statement following House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s announcement that he was withdrawing from the race to become Speaker of the House: “Kevin McCarthy demonstrated the character of a true leader by taking a step back and putting the interests of our Conference ahead of his [...] Read More

Issa Cosponsors Bill to Create Interim Storage Site for Nuclear Waste


WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released a statement following the introduction of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act: “Progress on moving the nation’s nuclear waste to the designated site at Yucca Mountain has been stalled for years due to political posturing. This failure of government to act has littered communities across the nation [...] Read More

Issa Praises Senate Introduction of Consumer Review Freedom Act


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, today released the following statement following the introduction of S.2044, the Senate companion bill to the Consumer Review Freedom Act introduced in the House by Congressman Issa: “I am pleased to see my Senate colleagues, Senators John [...] Read More

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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

Rep. Darrell Issa on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen scandal

2015-07-29 19:29:59

New Details on IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups - Rep. Issa Interview

2015-07-24 16:50:44

Darrell Issa: Criminal Charges for Clinton?

2015-07-24 16:39:50

Rep. Darrell Issa on FOXBusiness discussing ObamaCare ruling, TPA & Immigration Reform

2015-06-18 16:24:40

Rep. Darrell Issa on Lerner Emails

2015-06-16 18:52:17

R.I.P. Internet -- You Will Be Missed

2015-06-12 17:05:06

Issa Amendment to End Secret “Stingray” Spy Program Adopted Without Opposition

2015-06-04 19:09:37

Rep. Darrell Issa Questions FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on Tiversa and Section 5 Authority

2015-05-18 20:38:00

Darrell Issa on Hillary Clinton's Personal E-Mail Account

2015-03-09 19:27:22

Issa Discusses DHS Funding on Morning Joe

2015-02-25 18:19:06

Issa Responds to Giuliani Comments on CNN's State of the Union

2015-02-24 17:10:39

Issa on the Need for More Transparency in Government

2015-02-04 21:47:45

Fire hydrant tax anyone?

2015-01-28 20:33:02

Issa: Hezbollah is a cancer on Lebanese society

2015-01-27 23:42:06

Issa q and a in Foreign Affairs on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

2015-01-27 23:38:05

Issa on CNBC's Squawk Box from the World Economic Forum in Davos

2015-01-23 15:03:09

ISSA on Fox Biz: The Government Cannot be Trusted with your Healthcare Data

2015-01-22 22:32:16

Issa on Varney and Co. talks the President's State of the Union speech tonight

2015-01-20 18:46:22

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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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Jeff Denham


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