Darrell Edward Issa is the Republican U.S. Representative for California’s 49th congressional district, serving since 2001. The district covers the northern coastal areas of San Diego County, including cities such as Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas, as well as a small portion of southern Orange County. From January 2011 to January 2015 he served as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Issa was formerly a businessman. He made his fortune manufacturing car alarms and theft deterrent systems. Issa was CEO of Directed Electronics, a Vista, California-based manufacturer that he co-founded in 1982. It is currently one of the largest makers of automobile aftermarket security and convenience products in the US. Issa is a multi-millionaire with a net worth estimated at at least $255 million (in 2015); he has been ranked as the wealthiest currently-serving member of Congress for three consecutive years.
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