Congressman Darrell Edward Issa is the Republican U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district, serving since 2001. Issa currently is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as the Chairman and is the newly appointed Chairman of the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee.
Issa was formerly a businessman. He was CEO of Directed Electronics, a Vista, California-based manufacturer that is one of the largest makers of automobile aftermarket security and convenience products. Issa is a multi-millionaire with a net worth estimated at as much as $450 million (in 2013), which makes him the wealthiest currently-serving member of Congress. To this day he holds 37 patents due to the fruits of his labor.
Issa has long been vigilant about protecting the intellectual property rights of artists and other entrepreneurs to help protect America’s position at the forefront of innovation and creativity in the entertainment and technology industries.
Congressman Issa and his wife Kathy live in Vista, CA. They have one son, William, and celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 2010.
Topics discussed with range from Intellectual Property, Internet Privacy, and other policies impacting the startup community.