Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Issa: Old Ideas and Half Baked Policies from this President Yet Again


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today made the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address: “It’s disappointing. The President’s speech was predictable and hardly inspiring.  Every year, the President demands more money from Congress. This time it’s $400 billion in new taxes, the first time it was a [...] Read More

Issa on CMS Director’s Departure: Tavenner’s Agency Padded Obamacare Numbers, Had to Go


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, today made the following statement on departure of Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Tavenner headed CMS when the Oversight Committee revealed that the agency was padding Obamacare enrollment numbers with nearly 400,000 dental plans [...] Read More

U.S. Reps. Issa and DelBene announce Creation of the Congressional Internet of Things Caucus


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Courts and the Internet, and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) today announced the launch of the Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things (IoT). “Technology is revolutionizing the way consumers use cars, homes, workspaces, and everyday items. Emerging uses of Internet connectivity [...] Read More

Issa Introduces Five Bills at the Start of the 114th Congress


Washington, D.C. – Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49), a member of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees, today announced the introduction of five bills at the start of the 114th Congress. These legislative items carry over from the 113th Congress and range from the DRONES Act, which will protect American citizens, to the Military LAND [...] Read More

Issa Named Intellectual Property Subcommittee Chairman


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement on being named Chairman of the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA):  “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work with Chairman Goodlatte, the subcommittee’s new Vice Chairman Doug Collins (R-GA), Ranking Member Nadler [...] Read More

Issa’s Statement on President Obama’s Unilateral Actions on Immigration


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, November 20th, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement in response to the President’s televised remarks regarding immigration reform. “The President’s unilateral actions on immigration are a violation of the law and of the trust the American people have placed in him. President Obama is playing a dangerous political [...] Read More

Issa Applauds Passage of a Bill to Name Camp Pendleton Post Office After Medal of Honor Recipients


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, November 17th, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement praising the House’s passage of H.R. 5468, a bill to name the Mainside post office aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the Camp Pendleton Medal of Honor Post Office.  The post office is located at 1103 USPS Building 1103, Camp [...] Read More

Issa Applauds Passage of the Keystone XL Pipeline


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, November 14th, 2014, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement praising the House’s passage of H.R. 5682, a bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.  “Today, the House of Representatives listened to the American people, made the economy a priority, and created thousands of new jobs by passing legislation to [...] Read More

Issa Statement on President’s Support for Regulating the Internet


Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement supporting strong regulation of the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission:  “President Obama’s decision to put political pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet is bad for American consumers, would stifle economic [...] Read More

Election Eve Dump: Justice Department Turns Over 64,280 pages of Claimed ‘Executive Privilege’ Operation Fast and Furious Documents


Last night, in response to an Order from a Federal judge, the Department of Justice turned over 64,280 pages of documents that were withheld from Congress after President Obama asserted Executive Privilege on the eve of a contempt citation for Attorney General Eric Holder in June 2012.  The sheer volume of last night’s document production—which [...] 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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