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Darrell Issa

Darrell IssaAKA Darrell E. Issa

Born: 1-Nov-1953
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH

Gender: Male
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman, California 49th

Military service: US Army (1970-72 and 1976-80); US Army Reserve (1980-88)

California Congressman Darrell Issa made his fortune as CEO of Directed Electronics, maker of the Viper and Python car alarms. He may have spoken to you sternly if you too closely approached a Viper-protected vehicle, as it is Issa's recorded voice that announces, "Protected by Viper. Stand back." Ironically, he was twice arrested for auto theft himself in the 1970s, but never charged.

Ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 1998, and elected to the US House in 2000. Estimates of his wealth vary from $160M to $250M, making him among the richest members of Congress. Issa spent about $2M of his own funds to finance the 2003 recall of California Governor Gray Davis, and announced his own intent to run for that job, but withdrew from the ballot the day after Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would run for Governor.

Father: (truck salesman)
Mother: (homemaker, Mormon)
Brother: William Issa (convicted car thief)
Wife: Katherine ("Kathy", m. 1980)
Son: William

    High School: (dropped out)
    University: AA, Kent State University (1976)
    University: BA, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI (1976)

    US Congressman, California 49th (2003-)
    US Congressman, California 48th (2001-03)
    Directed Electronics CEO (1982-2000)
    Business-Industry PAC
    Campaign America Inc.
    Friends of Duke Cunningham
    Friends of George Allen
    George W. Bush for President
    John McCain 2008
    National Republican Congressional Committee
    Quayle 2000
    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Wilson Council
    California Recall Election Instigated the recall of Gov. Gray Davis
    Carrying a Concealed Weapon arrested in Cleveland, OH Mar-1972, charge dropped
    Car Theft indicted in Cleveland, OH May-1972, charge dropped
    Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (unregistered handgun) arrested in Adrian, MI, pled guilty 16-Jan-1973, fined $100
    Car Theft San Jose, CA 28-Dec-1979, case dismissed
    Lebanese Ancestry

Official Website:
http://www.issa.house.gov/


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