Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

Issa: King v Burwell Decision is a Loss for the U.S. Constitution

2015/06/25

WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement in light of the the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v Burwell: “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a loss for the Constitution and amounts to an egregious expansion of executive power. It flies in the face of one of the principles most fundamental [...] Read More

Issa: IRS Obstructing Release of 6,400 Recovered Lois Lerner E-Mails

2015/06/22

WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) today released the following statement regarding the revelation that the Internal Revenue Service is currently refusing to release 6,400 of Lois Lerner’s e-mails forensically recovered by the Treasury Inspector General: “The excuses peddled by the IRS to deny access to Lois Lerner’s e-mails stretch the bounds of credibility. [...] Read More

Issa: Turkish Elections a Repudiation of Shift Toward Radical Policies

2015/06/08

WASHINGTON, DC – After Turkey’s ruling party, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost majority control of Turkey’s parliament for the first time in more than a decade, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement:   “The Turkish electorate made a clear statement when it shifted [...] Read More

Issa: USA Freedom Act a Victory for Civil Liberties and Increased Government Transparency

2015/05/29

WASHINGTON, DC – In light of an anticipated Senate vote on the USA Freedom Act this weekend, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement:   “This weekend, those in the Senate who want to end bulk collection have an opportunity to do just that by voting to pass the USA Freedom Act.  The legislation [...] Read More

Issa Announces Madoff Transparency Act to Modernize Financial Reporting

2015/05/24

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, at the Data Transparency Coalition’s financial regulation summit in Washington, D.C., Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) announced the forthcoming introduction of the Making All Data Open for Financial Transparency (MADOFF) Act.   According to Issa, “By directing federal financial regulators to adopt consistent standards, the Making All Data Open for Financial Transparency [...] Read More

Issa, Swallell, Farenthold, Sherman Introduce Consumer Review Freedom Act Addressing Penalties for Negative Online Reviews

2015/04/29

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), and Brad Sherman (D-CA) today introduced the Consumer Review Freedom Act to make it illegal for businesses to penalize customers who write negative reviews on online review sites such as Yelp or TripAdvisor. The bill was motivated by several examples of companies attempting [...] Read More

Issa, Holmes-Norton Introduce Monuments Protection Act

2015/04/16

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC) today introduced the Monuments Protection Act, which would ensure public parks and properties cannot be used as political leverage by the executive branch, requiring that any Administration work with local and state governments for the continued operation of these national properties during any [...] Read More

Issa: Iran Framework “Incomprehensibly Naïve”

2015/04/02

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49),  a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement regarding the framework on a deal with Iran released today by the White House:   “Fittingly, the plan released by the White House contains at least a dozen instances of the phrase, ‘Iran has agreed to.’ [...] Read More

Issa: Lerner Decision Disgraceful, More of the Same from Obama Administration

2015/04/01

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement in response to the announcement that the Department of Justice would not charge Lois Lerner with contempt: “A lack of accountability for wrongdoing by public officials has become a hallmark of this Administration and specifically of the Holder Justice Department.  Refusing to prosecute Mrs. [...] Read More

Issa/Wasserman Schultz Introduce “No Stolen Trademarks Honored in America Act”

2015/03/27

WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Darrell Issa (CA-49), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet in the House Judiciary Committee, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23),  today announced the reintroduction of H.R. 1627, the “No Stolen Trademarks Honored in America Act.”   “We must ensure that intellectual property threatened by the Cuban government [...] Read More

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

2015-06-18 16:22:17


Rep. Darrell Issa on Lerner Emails

2015-06-16 18:47:46


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

2015-06-12 16:59:19


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

2015-06-04 19:08:15


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

2015-05-18 20:32:33


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

2015-03-09 19:20:45


Issa Discusses DHS Funding on Morning Joe

2015-02-25 18:12:38


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

2015-02-24 16:52:36


Issa on the Need for More Transparency in Government

2015-02-04 21:33:19


Fire hydrant tax anyone?

2015-01-28 20:29:35


Issa: Hezbollah is a cancer on Lebanese society

2015-01-27 23:38:57


Issa q and a in Foreign Affairs on Iran Nuclear Negotiations

2015-01-27 23:32:33


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

2015-01-23 14:58:23


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

2015-01-22 22:08:28


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

2015-01-20 18:41:12


Issa questions feds: China runs North Korea's internet, facilitating industrial espionage?

2015-01-13 20:44:46


ISSA talks taxes, "Nancy Pelosi never saw a tax increase she didn't like."

2015-01-09 17:48:52


Issa on Fox Business talking new Congress, #CES2015

2015-01-06 19:45:43


ISSA Q&A on Operation Choke Point

2014-07-17 17:51:56


Issa Subpoenas Sebelius for HHS documents

2013-10-31 20:03:15


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2347 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-3906
Fax 202-225-3303
issa.house.gov

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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