Darrell Issa, U.S. Representative for California

Darrell Issa

U.S. Representative for California

Darrell Edward Issa was born in November 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. He dropped out of high school on his 17th birthday and enlisted in the U.S. Army, becoming an explosive ordnance disposal technician. Two years later, he received a hardship discharge after his father suffered a heart attack. He went on to earn a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. He earned an undergraduate degree from Kent State University. While at Kent State, he enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation. He was discharged in 1980 with the rank of captain. 

Issa worked in the automobile industry and for an electronics start-up company. He moved to California and became involved in commercial real estate. 

He made an unsuccessful run for the U.S. Senate. He was later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, assuming office in January 2001. 

Issa is twice divorced and has one son. He is an Orthodox Christian. 

In the News…

At a hearing before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Representative Darrell Issa of California gave Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo an opinion of her meetings with members of the Chinese Communist Party on her recent visit. 

“When you were in China just days ago, you were bushwhacked, to say the least, by the launch of a 5G phone and proof that China has achieved seven-nanometer capability. That wasn’t an accident. They chose you as an important symbol of their accomplishment,” Congressman Issa told Secretary Raimondo. “There are tools that are at your disposal, clearly one of them [is] to stop the export of technology that allows exactly what has just occurred.” 

Representative Issa said, “Three of the top ten [U.S.] patent recipients last year were Chinese. Only one was American. The reality is that Huawei, a company that cannot do business in the United States, continues to receive, often clandestinely, royalties because they are in fact patenting the technology. Your administration has to find a way to block [Huawei patents] in a different way… through real innovation and through what I would call AI blocking, which is coming up with patents that envision things that they haven’t really reduced to practice[, but] will be used against us to thwart us.” 

Secretary Raimondo said she was “upset when I saw the Huawei announcement.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Issa today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Darrell Issa 
Representative for California 
2108 Rayburn House Office Building 
Washington, DC 20515 


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