Darrell (Darrell) E. Issa (R-USH49)
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Capitol: 202.225.3906
FAX: 202.225.3303
District: 760.599.5000
District FAX: 760.599.1178
Room 2269 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0549

Residence: Vista, CA
Elected: 2000    Next Election: 2018
Spouse: Kathy   DOB: 11/1/1953
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairU.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus
Co-ChairU.S.-Lebanon Friendship Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Transparency Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on the Internet of Things
Co-ChairCongressional Sharing Economy Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the European Union
FC MemberAmerica Supports You Caucus [ASY]
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship
FC MemberCongressional Singapore Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Norway
MemberHouse Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
FC MemberCongressional Neuroscience Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Portuguese American Caucus
FC MemberHouse Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law
MemberHouse Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Information Technology
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules
FC MemberCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Creative Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on the Judiciary
FC MemberCongressional Men's Health Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Youth Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberCongressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Motorcycle Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recreational Vehicle (RV) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional United Kingdom (UK) Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberHouse Freedom Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberHouse Republican Israel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberRepublican Study Committee (RSC)
Counties Representing
Orange / San Diego


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 -- where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet -- as well as the House Foreign Affairs and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees. He served as the Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the 112th and 113th Congresses. Previously, Issa served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, 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. Under his leadership, the committee undertook 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.

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