Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Issa Statement on Today’s Reports Relating to Secretary Clinton’s Email Practices


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement regarding developments in the Secretary Clinton email scandal today: “From someone who wants to be Commander-in-Chief, the American people deserve the truth, rather than Secretary Hillary Clinton’s murky denials and a drummed up ‘everybody did it’ defense meant to distract. The attempt to paint [...] Read More

Issa Statement on Judge’s Order Invalidating Administration’s Operation Fast And Furious Executive Privilege Claim


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement regarding today’s U.S. District Court ruling to deny the Department of Justice’s argument of Executive Privilege to prevent the release of documents to Congress related to the botched gun-walking program known as Operation Fast and Furious: “The ruling today by the U.S. District Court [...] Read More

Issa Applauds House Passage of FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 653, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act.  This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will strengthen our nation’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws. FOIA is [...] Read More

House Set to Pass FOIA Reforms


WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 11, the House of Representatives is set to pass H.R. 653, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, which was introduced by Representatives Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings. The bill bolsters and modernizes how Americans get information from the federal government through Freedom of Information Act requests. Statement from Congressman [...] Read More

Issa: “These executive actions are solutions that don’t fit the real problem”


WASHINGTON, DC – In response to President Barack Obama’s announcement of impending executive orders related to gun control, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement: “Don’t let the President’s speech today fool you. These executive actions are solutions that don’t fit the real problem.  Little more than a month ago, extremists killed innocent civilians [...] Read More

Issa Issues Statement in Response to U.N. Vote on Syria


WASHINGTON, DC – In response to reports that the United Nations Security Council has passed a Resolution on the peace process for Syria, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA), a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement: “I’m cautiously hopeful regarding the Resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council today [...] Read More

Issa Applauds Passage of First Responders Passport Act of 2015


WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, released the following statement after the House passage of the bipartisan H.R. 3750, “First Responders Passport Act of 2015”: “America is one of the most generous countries on earth.  Following natural disasters, our first responders often travel to [...] Read More

Issa’s Response to President’s Televised Address on ISIS


“The President’s intention tonight was to reassure a concerned nation about his Administration’s efforts to combat ISIS and keep the homeland secure. “But there was no clear strategy for victory over ISIS, just a rehashing of rhetoric we’ve heard for the last year, and a renewed commitment to a halfhearted plan that has allowed a [...] Read More

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

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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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