Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Congressman Issa on Immigration Supreme Court Arguments Today


WASHINGTON, D.C. — As arguments kick off at the Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, a Supreme Court case challenging whether or not President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration are Constitutional, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement: “The Constitution couldn’t be any clearer. It’s Congress’s […] Read More

Issa Statement on Fast and Furious Developments


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to breaking news that the Obama Administration is relenting in the fight over some documents relating to Fast and Furious, a controversial gun-walking scheme that was investigated by Congressman Darrell Issa as then-Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Congressman Darrell Issa released the following statement: “After 4 years […] Read More

Rep. Issa Says Senate Encryption Bill Is Flawed and Technically-Naive


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Responding to the newly leaked encryption bill from the Senate Intelligence Committee drafted by Senators Burr (R-NC) and Feinstein (D-CA) that would mandate companies provide “technical assistance” to companies seeking to access encrypted data, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement: “The legislation leaked today is about as flawed and technically-naive as a piece of […] Read More

Issa Pressures D.O.E. To Meet With Southern Californians on Nuclear Storage


  VISTA, Calif. — Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is ratcheting up pressure on the Department of Energy to seek additional input from Southern California residents on how the nation should handle nuclear waste storage, given the presence of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) in the area. Congressman Issa today sent a letter (below) to Department of […] Read More

Southern CA Youth Earn Congressional Award


VISTA, Calif. — On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Congressman Darrell Issa will recognize seven local area students who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to our community. Congressman Issa will present the Congressional Award for Public Service at a ceremony in his Vista Office at 1:00PM where he will be joined by the award-winners, their families, and members […] Read More

Rep. Issa Responds to FBI Successfully Opening iPhone in Apple/FBI Dispute


  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Responding to news that the FBI has successfully opened the iPhone from the Apple/FBI dispute and that it will abandon its bid to obtain a court order mandating that Apple unlock the iPhone, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement: “This lawsuit may be over, but the Constitutional and privacy questions it raised are […] Read More

Congressman Issa Honored To Be Part of Encryption Working Group


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is honored to have been selected as a member of the bipartisan Encryption Working Group announced today by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The working group will be formed by Members of Congress, from both parties, and will examine, research and make recommendations for potential […] Read More

Congressman Issa Applauds Senate Passage of FOIA Reform


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement in response to news that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation that would make it easier for Americans to obtain government records under the Freedom of Information Act: “To reign in government, we must make it easy for everyone to see its overreach. Right […] Read More

Congressman Darrell Issa to Attend South By Southwest Interactive 2016


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), a leading tech policy maker and Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, will be attending South by Southwest Interactive this weekend from Saturday, March 12th to Sunday, March 13th, 2016. The Congressman will speak on a panel entitled “Tech and a […] Read More

Rep. Issa Statement on the Passing of Nancy Reagan


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On news of Nancy Reagan’s passing, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement: “To meet Nancy Reagan was to witness her quiet dignity and personal resolve. To know her was to marvel at her tireless dedication and boundless love for her husband. There was no bigger champion of the man nor […] Read More

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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 Joins CNN's The Situation Room to Talk ISIS and Attacks in Brussels

2016-03-28 22:46:23

Rep. Issa Testifies For Renaming Camp Pendleton Post Office To Recognize Medal of Honor Recipients

2016-03-28 22:46:50

Rep. Darrell Issa Talks with Maria Bartiromo about Apple

2016-03-28 22:46:59

Rep. Issa Questioning At Judiciary Committee Hearing on Encryption

2016-03-02 17:57:08

Rep. Issa Questions FBI Director James Comey on Encryption at Judiciary Committee Hearing

2016-03-02 17:57:37

Rep. Issa Questions Sec. John Kerry Over Email and Text Message FOIA Requests

2016-02-26 04:06:12

Rep. Issa Joins Mornings with Maria to Discuss Encryption

2016-02-26 04:06:33

Rep. Issa on Squawk Alley: Apple Shouldn’t Be Forced to Undermine Encryption

2016-02-22 23:12:34

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

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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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