Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa


Rep. Darrell Issa Addresses Saudi Arabia Military Action in Yemen


WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement on Saudi Arabia’s military action in Yemen:. “The takeover of large swaths of Yemen by Iranian-backed Shia militants has forced our Saudi allies to take military action. Months of fairy tale negotiations and appeasement by this [...] Read More

Issa Announces MADOFF Transparency Act to Modernize Financial Reporting


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, at the Data Transparency Coalition’s financial regulation summit in Washington, D.C., Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) announced the forthcoming introduction of the Making All Data Open for Financial Transparency (MADOFF) Act. According to Issa, “By directing federal financial regulators to adopt consistent standards, the Making All Data Open for Financial (MADOFF) Transparency  Act [...] Read More

Issa: Clinton Press Conference Rehashed Talking Points, Failed to Answer Questions


WASHINGTON, DC – Following former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s press conference today at which she was scheduled to address questions surrounding her use of a personal e-mail address throughout her four years as Secretary of State, Representative Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement: “What we heard from Hillary Clinton today was a rehashing [...] Read More

Issa, Lofgren, Hatch, Whitehouse Introduce PARTS Act


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Judiciary Committee members Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Senate Judiciary Committee members Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade and Sales Act of 2015 (PARTS), a [...] Read More

Issa: “We Must Avoid a Shutdown of Our West Coast Ports”


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement regarding ongoing labor disputes that have caused significant slowdowns at ports along the West Coast and portend a potential full shutdown of the West Coast Ports: “We must avoid a shutdown of our west coast ports, at all costs. Failure simply is not an [...] Read More

Issa Applauds Federal Court’s Amnesty Injunction, Says Program Would Cause “Irreparable Harm”


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement in response to a U.S. District Court’s preliminary injunction against President Obama’s executive amnesty program. In a 123-page opinion, Judge Andrew Hanen wrote that the executive amnesty genie would be “impossible to put back into the bottle” without the injunction, arguing that the [...] Read More

Issa Expresses Concern Over S. California Edison’s Use of H-1B Visa Program


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement in response to emerging accounts that raise questions about whether Southern California Edison’s misused the H-1B visa program during a recent layoff of IT staff that, by some estimates, will affect as many as 400 employees: “Reports that Southern California Edison used the [...] Read More

Issa: FCC Chairman Wants to Regulate Free and Open Internet


Washington D.C. (Feb. 4, 2015)—Today, Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, released the following statement in response to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s editorial in Wired entitled This is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality. “FCC Chairman Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal fails to protect the free and open Internet, instead, [...] Read More

Issa and Cummings Introduce Bipartisan FOIA Reform Legislation


Washington D.C. (Feb. 2, 2015)—Today, Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen our nation’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws.  The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 would establish a presumption of openness for releasing information while [...] Read More

SOTU Response: Obama’s Partisan Wish List is DOA


January 21, 2015 FlashReport By Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49) For the first time in six years, President Obama gave his State of the Union address to a new audience, a Republican controlled House and Senate. His reception was tepid. This was his chance to set an agenda we could all work towards, to respond to [...] 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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