Darrell Issa

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Darrell Issa
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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
Cost per vote$6.98 in 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
BirthdayNovember 1, 1953
Place of birthCleveland, Ohio
Net worth$480,325,019
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Darrell Issa (b. November 1, 1953, in Cleveland, Ohio) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 49th congressional district. Issa was first elected to the House in 2000.

Issa most recently won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 49th District. He defeated Jerry Tetalman (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. [2]

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 is also known for being one of the richest members of Congress. He earned nearly $60 million in 2012 and was worth more than $355 million at the end of the year.[3]

Issa is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Issa is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

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:[4]

  • 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:[5][6]

2011-2012

Issa served on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Issa's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Issa voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Issa voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Issa voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Issa voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Issa voted for HR 2775.[17]

As the wealthiest member of Congress, Issa said he already donates his entire congressional salary to charity.[18]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Issa voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[19]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Issa voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Issa voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[22]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Issa voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[23]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]

IRS targeting

On May 10, 2013, news broke that various branches of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had specifically targeted conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status. This began during the tea party surge in 2010. The agency was separating tax-exempt applications by searching for political terms such as "tea party" and "patriot." In June 2011, an IRS official was briefed on these transgressions and asked that this practice end. The flagging continued, however, when the criteria was changed in January 2012 to look out for groups educating on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.[25]

The targeting includes allegations that tea party groups were forced to provide information not asked of other tax exempt groups. Examples of this included requests for donor information, Facebook posts, resumes and political intentions of group officials and connections to other groups.[26][27]

During the May 22 House committee hearing on the issue, Issa claimed that J. Russell George, the IRS inspector general, had not fulfilled his obligation to inform the House of any serious problems, "You have a responsibility to keep us continually, and according to statue, equally informed. In this case, it appears you did not. Would you agree with that?” Issa stated. [28]

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.[29]

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. [30]

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.[31] 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.[32]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 49th congressional district elections, 2014

Issa is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will compete in the blanket primary on June 3, 2013. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[1] He and Jerry Tetalman (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Dick Eiden (Ind) and Albin Novinec (Ind). Issa went on to defeat Tetalman in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33][34]

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"


U.S. House, California District 49 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDarrell Issa (R) Incumbent 61.1% 71,329
Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Tetalman (D) 30.7% 35,816
Dick Eiden (NPP) 6.8% 7,988
Albin Novinec (NPP) 1.4% 1,626
Total Votes 116,759

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.[41]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Issa's reports.[42]

Darrell Issa (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$1,749,490.41$291,527.07$(122,866.56)$1,918,150.92
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$1,918,150.92$737,108.68$(257,772.83)$2,397,486.77
October Quarterly[45]October 14, 2013$2,397,486.77$599,321.33$(319,949.21)$2,676,858.89
Year-End[46]January 31, 2014$2,676,858$520,980$(196,104)$3,001,734
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$3,001,734$424,320$(279,444)$3,146,610
Pre-Primary[48]May 21, 2014$3,146,610$181,158$(126,025)$3,201,744
July Quarterly[49]July 15, 2014$3,201,744$326,193$(154,270)$3,373,667
Running totals
$3,080,608.08$(1,456,431.6)

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.[50] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[51]

Cost per vote

Issa spent $6.98 per vote received in 2012.

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.[52]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Issa is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[53]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[54]

Issa most often votes with:

Issa least often votes with:

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.[55]

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.[56]

Voting with party

2013

Issa voted with the Republican Party 97.6% of the time, which ranked 83rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[57]

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.[58]

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 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.[59]

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, 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.[60]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[61]

Wealthiest members of Congress

According to a report by The Hill, Issa is one of the three wealthiest members of Congress. His minimum net worth, earned through his car alarm business, was estimated at $355 million by the report. He is joined by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tx) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) on the list.[62]

Personal

Issa and his wife, Kathy, have one child.

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See also

External links


References

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  2. "REGION: Saldana is against Bilbray as redistricting completed", nctimes.com, August 16, 2011
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Preceded by
Ron Packard
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2001-Present
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