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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 49

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Darrell Issa

U.S. Representative/Entrepreneur
155,888 votes (50.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fixing America's broken immigration system
  • Creating jobs, promoting innovation, securing opportunities in our 21st century economy
  • Holding government accountable and advancing open, honest, transparent government



Profession:Former Army Captain / Entrepreneur / Small Businessman / Congressman / Father
Member, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2001–current)
Chairman, House Oversight Committee — Elected position (2011–2015)


Kent State University Business Administration (1976)
Sienna Heights University (1976)


Darrell Issa is a senior member of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees. Highlighted as one of the ten most effective members of Congress, Darrell Issa represents the people of California's 49th Congressional District. Issa is an Army veteran, father and successful entrepreneur. A tech industry leader, he is the founder of Directed Electronics, a company he built from humble origins into the the nation’s largest manufacturer of vehicle anti-theft devices, including the highly-successful Viper system. 

The grandson of immigrants, Issa enlisted in the United States Army as a senior in high school. 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.

His recent legislative initiatives focus on promoting innovation, creating jobs, protecting consumers, enhancing government transparency, and closing loopholes used to ship jobs overseas. His successful efforts to fight human trafficking in San Diego County led to tougher laws, stiffer penalties, and more consistent enforcement by federal prosecutors. Other congressional oversight efforts led by Issa during both Republican and Democrat administrations resulted in significant reforms to stop waste and abuse at agencies including the Minerals Management Service, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Internal Revenue Service. As a principled leader, he voted against the 2008 bailout of Wall Street banks during the Bush Administration and supports efforts to balance the federal budget by curbing government spending.

His other legislative accomlishments include strengthening the Violence Against Women Act, passing the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, opening government though significant reforms to the Freedom of Information Act, advancing Sober Homes Reform, and working to hold our government leaders accountable.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $3,015,864

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Darrell Issa
Google and employees
Cheniere Energy and employees
National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)
National Automobile Dealers Association
Prosperity Action

More information about contributions

By State:

California 45.55%
District of Columbia 18.83%
Virginia 7.88%
Texas 3.28%
Other 24.46%

By Size:

Large contributions (80.76%)
Small contributions (19.24%)

By Type:

From organizations (43.16%)
From individuals (56.84%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Congressman Issa's approach is always rooted in finding fresh solutions and unique approaches to the nation's toughest problems. A national leader with extensive bipartisan accomplishments, Congressman Issa has worked with members of Congress from both parties to pass legislation that is making government more accountable, reducing taxes, creating jobs, protecting veterans, and ensuring America remains safe and secure. As your representative, Congressman Issa will work to:

  • Fix our broken immigration system
  • Advance opportunites and jobs in our 21st century economy
  • Uphold our nation's promise to our veterans
  • Defeat ISIS
  • Promote startups, small business and innovation
  • Move the nuclear waste from San Onofre
  • Reform our criminal justice system
  • Hold government leaders -- of both parties -- accountable

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— October 12, 2016 Candidate's Campaign
— October 12, 2016 Candidate's Campaign

Darrell Issa is focused on fresh solutions to Washington's biggest problems.

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