Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Issa Statement on Federal Circuit Court Upholding Challenge to Obamacare


WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s ruling upholding a challenge to Obamacare health insurance subsidies being granted through the federal exchange:  “The court’s decision is consistent with the Committee’s oversight, which through multiple briefings [...] Read More

Issa, Latta, Eshoo, Matsui Introduce Bipartisan Wi-Fi Innovation Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) today introduced the Wi-Fi Innovation Act, legislation that addresses growing spectrum demand by examining [...] Read More

Oversight Committee Details State Department Efforts to Obstruct Benghazi Investigation in 37 Page Letter to Select Committee


Oversight Letter Responds to Select Committee’s Request for Information WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today, in a 37 page letter to House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, detailed State Department efforts to obstruct the Congressional investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks. “In response to your request, I am [...] Read More

Issa, Calvert, and Hunter Introduce Bill to Expedite Repatriation of Unaccompanied Minors


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, July 11, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) joined Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) in introducing a bill, H.R. 5079, that will allow for the expedited repatriation of unaccompanied children to their home country, including minors from countries that do not share a direct border with the United [...] Read More

Oversight Hearing to Examine Campaign, Fund-Raising Role of White House Political Office


Committee Announces Subpoena of Director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach David Simas after refusal to testify voluntarily WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today announced a hearing on Wednesday, July 16th to examine the White House Office of Political Affairs (also known as the [...] Read More

New E-mails Show Lerner Intentionally Sought to Hide Information from Congress


‘I was cautioning folks about email and how we have several occasions where Congress has asked for emails … we need to be cautious about what we say in emails’ he House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today released new e-mails at a hearing with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen showing former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois [...] Read More

Introducing ‘Startup Day Across America’


The Hill By: REP. DARRELL ISSA & REP. JARED POLIS Opinion Editorial Published: July 8, 2014 As two former small-business owners in Congress, we have watched closely and worked hard to support the new pockets of innovation and entrepreneurship that have been sprouting up across the country. No longer limited to Silicon Valley or Boulder, [...] Read More

35 Members Call on President to Stop Policies Putting Child Immigrants at Risk


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) along with 34 other Members of Congress sent a letter to President Barack Obama on the current immigration crisis involving unaccompanied minors crossing our nation’s southern border. Currently, thousands of minor children are undertaking a perilous journey from their home countries to the United States. The letter [...] Read More

Issa Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Striking Down NLRB Recess Appointments


WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning, which struck down President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board: “Today’s Supreme Court decision is encouraging for all who believe in the checks and balances enshrined in [...] Read More

Issa Statement on Report that IRS Destroyed Lois Lerner’s Hard Drive


WASHINGTON –House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, issued the following statement on news that the IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s hard drive containing e-mails from the time period of IRS targeting: “If the IRS truly got rid of evidence in a way that violated the Federal Records Act and ensured the FBI never got a [...] Read More

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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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