65 Facts About Darrell Issa

1. Darrell Issa was one of two California Republicans to vote against the bill, alongside Dana Rohrabacher.

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2. Darrell Issa has opposed attempts to ease restrictions on illegal immigration such as the "Blue Card" system, arguing that it provides amnesty for illegal immigrants.

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3. On May 4, 2017, Darrell Issa voted in favor of repealing Obamacare and passing the American Health Care Act.

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4. Darrell Issa traveled to Lebanon and Syria in an effort to negotiate the end of the Syrian occupation of Lebanon.

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5. Darrell Issa had a significant role in US peace initiatives in the Middle East.

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6. Darrell Issa spent $10 million of his own money in his campaign, running against California State Treasurer Matt Fong, Congressman Frank Riggs, and three others.

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7. Darrell Issa was instrumental in persuading the national Republican Party to hold its 1996 convention in San Diego.

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8. Darrell Issa went to Washington, DC to lobby Congress and became one of California's largest individual campaign contributors to Republican candidates.

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9. Darrell Issa served in the Army Reserve from 1976 to 1980 and was promoted to the rank of captain.

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10. Darrell Issa became an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician assigned to the 145th Ordnance Detachment.

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11. Darrell Issa announced on January 10, 2018, that he would not seek reelection for his House seat.

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12. Darrell Issa served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2019, representing districts primarily covering north San Diego County, California.

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13. Darrell Issa speaks often of his rise from a humble upbringing as the grandson of Lebanese immigrants in Cleveland to millionaire manufacturer of car alarms.

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14. Darrell Issa had previously said he attended the 1971 World Series as part of Nixon's security team.

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15. In the interview, Darrell Issa said he had "served at the computer facility" at Fort Ord's Combat Development Experimentation Command in the late 1970s, and the Army had sent him to the Boston area for computer training at a commercial school.

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16. Darrell Issa has often recalled his rags-to-riches rise in the business world.

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17. In 1970, Darrell Issa dropped out of high school to become a part of the Army.

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18. Darrell Issa paid with a check that he cancelled before Gary Adkins could cash it.

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19. Darrell Issa said that all three accusations of automobile theft were false.

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20. Darrell Issa told me that he was driving William's car and did not know there was a gun inside.

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21. Darrell Issa seemed tired of defending himself from these old stories.

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22. Darrell Issa stood with Bardella at the booth for Directed Electronics, where he is still on the board of directors, and talked to some of his former employees.

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23. Darrell Issa seems unconvinced about the science behind climate change, and the investigation that he seemed most passionate about when we spoke involved US government funding for the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit.

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24. Darrell Issa has abandoned his longtime dream of holding a statewide position.

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25. Darrell Issa sued St Paul for a hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars, and the two parties eventually settled out of court for about twenty thousand dollars.

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26. Darrell Issa was suspected of doing something worse: burning down the factory.

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27. Darrell Issa got dressed and drove the seven miles from his house, in Oakwood Village, to his workplace, in Maple Heights.

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28. Darrell Issa acquired Steal Stopper in February, 1982, began to run the company himself, and turned it around.

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29. In a 1998 campaign ad, Darrell Issa said that the investment comprised "our life savings of seven thousand dollars.

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30. In 1970, on his seventeenth birthday, Darrell Issa dropped out of high school and enlisted in the Army.

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31. Darrell Issa was CEO of Directed Consumer electronics, a Vista, California-based producer that he co-founded in 1982.

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32. Darrell Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman.

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33. Darrell Issa tweeted he was simply taking pictures of the crowd after chatting with them:.

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34. Darrell Issa expects the results will reveal government mistakes and protect US taxpayers from future runaway government intervention in the financial and housing markets.

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35. In 2003, Darrell Issa was the architect behind the successful popular uprising to recall former Democratic California Governor Gray Davis.

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36. Darrell Issa is married to Kathy Issa and has a kid named William.

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37. Darrell Issa decided not to run for re-election in the 49th District after barely hanging on in 2016.

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38. Darrell Issa made his money by creating anti-theft devices for cars.

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39. Darrell Issa has chaired House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearings on vaccines and their unsubstantiated relationship with autism.

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40. Darrell Issa voted no on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

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41. Darrell Issa has periodically tried to de-fund grants offered by the National Institutes of Health.

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42. Darrell Issa supports embryonic stem cell research and has voted to allow it.

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43. Darrell Issa has stated that he believes Russia meddled with the 2016 election, but that he supports Trump's firing of FBI Director Comey, and he believes the US should be focusing on other issues.

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44. Darrell Issa opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act based on the amount of discretion the Department of Justice would have under the legislation as it is currently drafted.

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45. On May 4, 2017, Darrell Issa voted in favor of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and passing the American Health Care Act.

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46. In March 2015, Darrell Issa supported the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen, saying: "We must make it clear that we will support our allies and punish our enemies through steadfast resolve and decisive action.

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47. Darrell Issa called President Obama's unwillingness to investigate Climategate "unconscionable" and an abdication of responsibility.

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48. In early February 2017, Darrell Issa expressed his support for a special prosecutor to look into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

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49. Darrell Issa endorsed Trump in March 2016 and did not rescind his endorsement after the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording surfaced.

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50. Darrell Issa attracted attention for his close relationship with and strong support for Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

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51. Darrell Issa came to national prominence in 2003 when he contributed more than $1.6 million to help fund a signature-gathering drive for the petition to recall California Governor Gray Davis.

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52. Darrell Issa has been a consistent cosponsor of the Fair Play Fair Pay Act as well; granting radio performance rights for musicians and record producers.

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53. In July 2017, Darrell Issa introduced the CLASSICS Act to Congress in a bipartisan effort to empower artists thru the collection of royalties for the preceding three year period and by ensuring their creative rights remain in force for pre-1972 recordings just as newer artists are guaranteed by current legislation.

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54. On January 10, 2018, Darrell Issa announced that he would not run for re-election.

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55. Darrell Issa declared victory in the race, while Applegate had not yet conceded.

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56. As of November 23, 2016, Darrell Issa held a 3,234-vote lead with approximately 6,000 ballots remaining uncounted.

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57. Darrell Issa responded by saying, "I've worked with the administration on good legislation where it was possible, called out wrongdoing wherever I saw it and will continue to do so.

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58. Darrell Issa sent out a campaign mailer which featured a photograph of President Barack Obama signing a law.

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59. In 1985, Darrell Issa sold the company to a California-based maker of home alarms, and moved to the San Diego suburb of Vista, where he has lived ever since, to work for the company.

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60. Darrell Issa has said he believes the record has since been expunged.

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61. Darrell Issa received a hardship discharge from the Army in 1972 after his father suffered a heart attack, and earned a General Educational Development certificate.

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62. In 1970, on his 17th birthday, Darrell Issa dropped out of high school and enlisted for three years in the Army.

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63. Many of his friends were Jewish, and Darrell Issa reportedly worked for a rabbi at one point.

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64. Darrell Issa announced on January 10, 2018, that he would not seek reelection for his current seat in 2018.

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65. Darrell Issa served as CEO of Directed Electronics, which he co-founded in 1982.

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