Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


MEDIA ADVISORY: Camp Pendleton Post Office To Be Dedicated to Medal of Honor Recipients


A dedication ceremony for the renaming of the Camp Pendleton Post Office in honor of the Marines and Navy Corpsmen who’ve received the Medal of Honor will take place Monday, October 17th at 11:00AM. The ceremony marks the official re-naming of the facility after Congressman Darrell Issa introduced a bill with the bipartisan support of […] Read More

Issa: Veterans, Bring Me Your Concerns With the Department of Veterans Affairs


After the string of recent scandals at the VA and a report last week from the Union Tribune showing how a veteran had to involve reporters, just to get the VA Clinic’s phone system fixed in Mission Valley, Congressman Darrell Issa is calling on San Diego area veterans to contact his office with specific problems […] Read More

Support Builds For Congressman Issa’s Sober Homes Reform Bill


Local government continues lining up behind Congressman Issa’s bill that would allow communities the ability to implement oversight of sober living facilities. The Orange County Board of Supervisors now becomes the second local government in our district to announce it’s support of the Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act (H.R. 6070). The City of San […] Read More

Sand Replenishment Bill Passes House


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after voting in the House of Representatives to pass the Water Resources Development Act which contains authorization for the Army Corps of Engineers to complete coastal sand replenishment and storm damage reduction in Solana Beach and Encinitas. The Water Resources Development Act is a bipartisan piece of legislation […] Read More

Issa To Host U.S. Service Academy Night Wednesday, October 5


The Office of Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) will be holding a Military Service Academy Night in Oceanside on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at The Veterans Association of North County (VANC) located at 1617 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92058 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. The event will be an opportunity for high school students and their parents to learn […] Read More

Congressman Issa-Cosponsored Sexual Assault Reform Bill Heads to President’s Desk


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after federal sexual assault reforms he co-sponsored passed the Senate unanimously and now head to the President’s desk where they’re expected to be signed into law. The Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act (H.R. 5578), which was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month, will ensure that […] Read More

Issa Applauds House Passage of Bills to Improve Veterans’ Care and Provide Veteran Job Opportunities


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after voting and passing three bills to create veteran job opportunities, fight veteran suicide, and improve care at the VA. The No Veterans Crisis Line Call Should Go Unanswered Act (H.R. 5392) requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a plan to ensure that every call, […] Read More

Congressman Issa Votes To Stop Future Ransom Payments To Iran


Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass the Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act (H.R. 5931). “The Administration paid ransom-money to the leading state-sponsor of terror. There are no buts about it,” said Congressman Darrell Issa. “The President’s already dangerous deal with Iran was made even worse […] Read More

ICYMI: City of San Clemente Endorses Congressman Issa’s Sober Homes Reform Bill


On Tuesday, the City Council for San Clemente unanimously voted to endorse legislation Congressman Darrell Issa introduced earlier this week — the Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act (H.R. 6070) — which would empower state and local government to oversee residential recovery facilities, which include sober living homes. The bill fixes the Fair Housing Act in order to […] Read More

Congressman Darrell Issa Introduces Sober Living Homes Reform Bill


SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Today Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced legislation that would allow state and local governments to implement reasonable oversight of residential recovery facilities, which include sober living homes. The Safe Recovery and Community Empowerment Act (H.R. 6070) would fix the Fair Housing Act in order to end the prohibition on state and local […] Read More

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Issa Holds Public Forum on Sober Living Homes Reform

2016-10-06 02:59:59

NBC 7 Talks Armed Services Visit to Pendleton and Miramar

2016-09-02 16:11:04

Congressional Delegation to Miramar and Pendleton on Military Readiness

2016-09-01 16:11:13

22 Push Up Challenge

2016-08-19 23:23:10

Congressman Issa Tours San Diego Startup Companies for "Startup Day Across America"

2016-08-05 17:47:22

Darrell Issa Talks with Fox 5 San Diego About His Plan To Stop The Outsourcing of American Jobs

2016-07-28 21:35:03

Congressman Issa Talks with ABC San Diego About His Bill To Fix the Veterans Administration

2016-07-13 14:32:38

Rep. Issa Talks With Fox News About The FBI's Decision Not To Prosecute Hillary Clinton

2016-07-12 21:52:53

Rep. Issa Questions Loretta Lynch At Hearing Over Hillary's Email Investigation

2016-07-12 17:42:08

Rep. Issa Sponsored Sexual Assault Reforms Pass House Panel

2016-07-08 13:57:24

Rep. Issa Talks with Your World on Fox News about the Stunning FBI Announcement on Hillary's Emails

2016-07-06 22:54:04

Issa Asks Why Government Isn't Embracing Uber and Lyft To Save Taxpayer Dollars

2016-06-03 15:14:10

Privatize the TSA? Congressman Issa Discusses With CNBC's Squawk on the Street

2016-06-01 15:59:08

Should the TSA be Privatized? Rep. Issa Discusses with CNN New Day

2016-05-26 17:14:47

NBC Discusses Need For Civil Forfeiture and How Congress Is Working to Stop Policing for Profit

2016-05-26 17:16:06

Issa Discusses Upcoming IRS Misconduct Hearings with Neil Cavuto

2016-05-16 18:27:52

Issa on Washington Journal Discussing Civil Asset Forfeiture

2016-05-12 15:14:24

Representative Issa Discusses the Future of the Internet of Things

2016-05-10 20:22:32

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

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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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