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Issa won re-election<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 49th congressional district elections, 2012|49th District]] as a Republican.<ref>[http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sdcounty/article_b78544d7-463f-5501-8ec6-a7de447b33f8.html "REGION: Saldana is against Bilbray as redistricting completed", ''nctimes.com'', August 16, 2011]</ref>The [[California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)|open primary]] election took place on June 5, 2012.
 
Issa won re-election<ref name="cnnr">[http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/CA/house ''CNN'' "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"]</ref> in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in California, 2012|California's]] [[California's 49th congressional district elections, 2012|49th District]] as a Republican.<ref>[http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/sdcounty/article_b78544d7-463f-5501-8ec6-a7de447b33f8.html "REGION: Saldana is against Bilbray as redistricting completed", ''nctimes.com'', August 16, 2011]</ref>The [[California Proposition 14, Top Two Primaries Act (June 2010)|open primary]] election took place on June 5, 2012.
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Issa is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/darrell_issa/400196 ''Gov Track'' "Issa" Accessed May 15, 2012]</ref>
 
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Issa's mother is of Bohemian German descent and his father is of Lebanese Christian descent. Issa was born in Cleveland, [[Ohio]].  He grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and worked for a rabbi. Issa enlisted in the United States Army during his senior year of high school, where he served as a bomb disposal technician.
 
Issa's mother is of Bohemian German descent and his father is of Lebanese Christian descent. Issa was born in Cleveland, [[Ohio]].  He grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and worked for a rabbi. Issa enlisted in the United States Army during his senior year of high school, where he served as a bomb disposal technician.
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===Lifetime voting record===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Issa missed 280 of 8,657 roll call votes from January 2001 to March 2013.  This amounts to 3.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/darrell_issa/400196 ''GovTrack,'' "Darrell Issa," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Issa is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/darrell_issa/400196 ''Gov Track'' "Issa" Accessed May 15, 2012]</ref>
===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Issa paid his congressional staff a total of $1,032,736 in 2011.  He ranked 30th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 129th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[California]] ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/295/Rep_Darrell_Issa.html LegiStorm "Darrell Issa"]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Issa's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $215,550,040 and $745,099,999. That averages to $480,325,019, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 7.19% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007017&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Issa, (R-Cali), 2011"]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Issa's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $195,400,035 and $700,850,000. That averages to $448,125,017.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007017&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Issa, (R-Cali), 2010"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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====2012====
 
====2012====
 
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Issa ranked 41st in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
 
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Issa ranked 41st in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
 
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
 
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Issa ranked 120th in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
 
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year.  Issa ranked 120th in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Issa missed 280 of 8,657 roll call votes from January 2001 to March 2013.  This amounts to 3.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/darrell_issa/400196 ''GovTrack,'' "Darrell Issa," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Issa paid his congressional staff a total of $1,032,736 in 2011.  He ranked 30th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 129th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[California]] ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/295/Rep_Darrell_Issa.html LegiStorm "Darrell Issa"]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Issa's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $215,550,040 and $745,099,999. That averages to $480,325,019, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 7.19% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007017&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Issa, (R-Cali), 2011"]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Issa's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $195,400,035 and $700,850,000. That averages to $448,125,017.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00007017&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Issa, (R-Cali), 2010"]</ref>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==

Revision as of 19:01, 14 May 2013

Darrell Issa
Darrell Issa.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 49
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRon Packard (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$9,631,948
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSiena Heights University, 1976
Associate'sKent State University, 1976
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1970-1980
Personal
Place of birthCleveland, Ohio
Net worth$480,325,019
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Darrell Issa is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 49th congressional district. Issa was first elected to the House in 2000.

Aside from his service in Congress, Issa is also known for being a major contributor to the 2003 recall election of then-Governor Gray Davis. In October 2007, Issa announced that he was supporting the Presidential Electoral Reform Act, a ballot measure that would change how California selects its representatives to the presidential electoral college.

Issa won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 49th District as a Republican.[2]The open primary election took place on June 5, 2012.

Biography

Issa's mother is of Bohemian German descent and his father is of Lebanese Christian descent. Issa was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and worked for a rabbi. Issa enlisted in the United States Army during his senior year of high school, where he served as a bomb disposal technician.

He attended Kent State University Stark in North Canton, Ohio and Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan, on an ROTC scholarship, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1976. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a US Army Officer, serving as a tank platoon leader and a computer research and development specialist, among other command roles. He left the Regular Army in 1980 with the rank of captain. He later moved to Vista, California, a suburb of San Diego, where he now lives.

Issa made his fortune through his company, Directed Electronics Incorporated, that is most famous for its flagship product, the "Viper" car alarm. It bears one notable siren that is a recording of Issa's voice, "Warning, you are too close, this vehicle protected by Viper." As of 2004, Directed Electronics was North America's largest aftermarket automotive electronics manufacturer. Issa divested all personal interest in Directed Electronics after being elected to public office, but is one of the richest members of the House.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Issa's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1976: Graduated from Siena Heights College with B.A.
  • 1970-1980: United States Army
  • 2001-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Issa serves on the following committees in the 113th Congress:[4][5]

2011-2012

Issa served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

Congressman Issa was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 2001.[7]

Gubernatorial recall

Issa came to national prominence when he contributed over $1.6 million to help fund a signature-gathering drive for the petition to recall Gray Davis. At the time he made the contribution, it was widely believed that Issa intended to place himself on the ballot to replace Davis. However, with only two days before the filing deadline, Issa announced that he would not run. Issa later said that his mission had been accomplished since Davis was recalled and he wanted to continue representing his district in Congress and work towards Middle East peace.

For the recall election, Issa endorsed Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, at one point in the campaign he actually suggested that people should vote against recalling Davis, concerned that Schwarzenegger and fellow Republican Tom McClintock would split votes and install Democratic lieutenant governor Cruz Bustamante as Davis' successor[8]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Darrell Issa endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[10] According to the report, Issa secured $815,000 in earmarks between 2007 and 2009 to widen a road less than a mile from a medical building in Vista, California, that Issa purchased for $16.6 million in 2008.[11]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Issa voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[12]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 49th congressional district elections, 2012

Issa won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 49th District as a Republican.[1] He and Jerry Tetalman (D) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary, defeating Dick Eiden (Ind) and Albin Novinec (Ind). They faced off in the November 6, 2012, general election.[13][14]

U.S. House, California District 49 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDarrell Issa Incumbent 58.2% 159,725
     Democratic Jerry Tetalman 41.8% 114,893
Total Votes 274,618
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Issa is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Issa raised a total of $9,631,948 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[21]

Darrell Issa's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 49) Won $2,478,710
2010 US House (California, District 49) Won $1,495,193
2008 US House (California, District 49) Won $1,035,312
2006 US House (California, District 49) Won $908,837
2004 US House (California, District 49) Won $871,009
2002 US House (California, District 49) Won $560,857
2000 US House (California, District 48) Won $2,282,030
Grand Total Raised $9,631,948

2012

Breakdown of the source of Issa's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Issa won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Issa's campaign committee raised a total of $2,478,710 and spent $1,115,221.[22]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Issa's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Issa won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Issa's campaign committee raised a total of $1,495,193 and spent $1,232,154.[23]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

2012

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Issa is a "rank-and-file Republican".[24]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Issa ranked 41st in the conservative rankings in 2012.[25]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Issa ranked 120th in the conservative rankings.[26]

Voting with party

2011

Darrell Issa voted with the Republican Party 94.9% of the time, which ranked 33 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[27]

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Issa missed 280 of 8,657 roll call votes from January 2001 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[28]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Issa paid his congressional staff a total of $1,032,736 in 2011. He ranked 30th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 129th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Issa's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $215,550,040 and $745,099,999. That averages to $480,325,019, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 7.19% from 2010.[30]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Issa's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $195,400,035 and $700,850,000. That averages to $448,125,017.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[31]

Personal

Issa and his wife, Kathy, have one child.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. "REGION: Saldana is against Bilbray as redistricting completed", nctimes.com, August 16, 2011
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Darrell Issa," Accessed November 16, 2011
  4. Politico, "House committee chairs all men," November 28, 2012
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. Darrell Issa, Serving California's 49th District "Committee Assignments"
  7. "Government Printing Office" 107th Congress House Judiciary Committee(See Page iii)
  8. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/09/23/ISSA.TMP
  9. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  10. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  11. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  12. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  13. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  14. Unofficial election results
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Darrell Issa," Accessed March 22, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Darrell Issa 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Darrell Issa 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  24. Gov Track "Issa" Accessed May 15, 2012
  25. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  26. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  27. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  28. GovTrack, "Darrell Issa," Accessed April 2, 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Darrell Issa"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Issa, (R-Cali), 2011"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Issa, (R-Cali), 2010"
Political offices
Preceded by
Ron Packard
U.S. House of Representatives - California, District 49
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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