Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa

CALIFORNIA's 49th DISTRICT

HOUSE APPROVES BILL TO STOP PRESIDENT’S POWER GRAB AND RESTORE BALANCE TO SEPARATION OF POWERS

2014/03/13

Washington, D.C. – By a vote of 233-181, the House of Representatives today approved the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act (H.R. 4138), a carefully crafted bill to rein in the growing problem of executive overreach and restore balance to the separation of powers enshrined [...] Read More

Issa Statement on House Passage of Unfunded Mandates and Regulatory Transparency Bills

2014/02/28

WASHINGTON – Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 899, the Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act and H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency (ALERRT) Act of 2014:   “Transparency and accountability will go a long way to addressing this Administration’s runaway expansion of the regulatory state,” [...] Read More

Issa Applauds Passage of H.R. 3964, The Sacramento–San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act

2014/02/05

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement on the House’s passage of H.R. 3964, The Sacramento–San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Act, which will help alleviate drought conditions across California: “Today, the House of Representatives took measures to ensure that millions of Californians receive access to much needed water during the current drought crisis.  [...] Read More

Observing Holocaust Remembrance Day

2014/01/30

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army entered the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland to liberate 7,000 of prisoners, mostly sick, that were left behind by their fleeing Nazi captors.  Beginning in 1940, over 1.1 million individuals were murdered at Auschwitz – the largest of the World War II death camps. Every year on this day, the world comes [...] Read More

My Response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

2014/01/30

On Tuesday, the President laid out his vision for our country during the annual State of the Union Address. If you had the opportunity to tune in to the President’s speech, you probably noticed an absence of proposals and initiatives that would put Americans back to work, speed up our nation’s economic recovery and foster [...] Read More

Issa Video Statement on President’s State of the Union Address

2014/01/29

WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released the following video statement on President Obama’s State of the Union Address.   WATCH CHAIRMAN ISSA’S STATEMENT   “Tonight the President laid out his vision to once again bypass Congress to use executive orders to run the country and to legislate [...] Read More

Bipartisan Letter Calls on President to Dismiss Director of National Intelligence, Protect Internet Privacy Rights

2014/01/27

 WASHINGTON. D.C. – A bipartisan group of six House Members today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging the dismissal of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and reforms to protect the Internet privacy rights of American citizens from intrusive government surveillance efforts. “Internet Freedom is indispensable, and reports regarding the government’s treatment of [...] Read More

Issa Statement on the Passing of Ariel Sharon

2014/01/13

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) today made the following statement on the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: “I am saddened by the passing of Ariel Sharon. He was a tough military leader in times of conflict and as prime minister, he was determined and consistent. [...] Read More

There is plenty of evidence that an al-Qaida affiliate was involved in Benghazi attack

2014/01/07

The Sacramento Bee By: Rep. Issa With a New York Times story on the Benghazi terrorist attack fresh off the press, The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board quickly took issue with a factual assertion I have made many times and repeated the morning the story ran: “There was a group that was involved that claims an [...] Read More

House Judiciary Committee Members Call for DOJ Investigation of National Intelligence Director Clapper for Lying to Congress

2013/12/19

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Representatives Darrell Issa (CA-49), Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-5), Trent Franks (AZ-08), Blake Farenthold (TX-27), Trey Gowdy (SC-04), Raul Labrador (ID-01) and Ted Poe (TX-02) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. urging an investigation of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, for lying to Congress while testifying [...] Read More

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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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