The Richest Members Of Congress: Darrell Issa (R-CA): Estimated Net Worth $355 Million


Before serving in government, Issa was a businessman. He made his fortune manufacturing car alarms and theft deterrent systems. Issa was CEO of Directed Electronics, a Vista California based company 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 multimillionaire with a net worth estimated at about $355 million.

According to Issa, he and his second wife moved back to the Cleveland area after he was released from the military and pooled their savings, sold their cars and borrowed $50,000 from family members to invest in Quantum Enterprises, an electronics manufacturer run by a friend from Cleveland Heights. One of the clients, Steal Stopper, would clear the path to Issa’s fortune. Issa is widely acknowledged to be a self made millionaire because of his rags to riches story.

Issa assumed Steal Stopper and turned it around, to the point of supplying Ford with thousands of car alarms and negotiated a similar deal with Toyota. As car theft grew and grew, so did Steal Stopper. Eventually Issa sold the company to a California-based maker of home alarms and moved to Vista, CA where he has lived ever since. Over time he has built other multi million dollar organizations, mostly in the electronics industry.

Darrell Edward Issa was born on November 1 1953. He is the Republican US Representative for California’s 49th Congressional District, serving since 2001. The district covers the northern coastal areas of San Diego Country. This includes cities such as Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas. It also contains a small portion of southern Orange County. Since January 2011, he has served as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.


    isn’t it sad that those very men will also receive a lifetime pension until they die? and you KNOW they will use it!!

    • El Lobo Solo

      These elites, especially the Dems constantly harp about “income inequality”, yet vote for policies & regulations that cripple job creation for the middle class to please their donors, the one per centers like Geo Soros, Warren Buffet or Jeffery Imelt, CEO of General Electric.

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      • Retired

        I think we are past the stage of 1% people, it is a lot higher.

    • Rosech Levy

      Not if we stop these perks they voted for themselves. As their employers we need to stop this garbage asap and that is why we need Trump. He worked hard for his; they don’t.

  • Randy Cullinan

    The real story is not how much they have but how they got it. Post their worth when they entered the Congress with what they have today and where it came from. All must be accounted for. I think we know that payoffs one way or the other got most of them rich.

    • Retired

      Government contractors ring a bell.

  • pinnie

    and they want to keep it that way=SLAVERY. We pay and they write bills,levy taxes so they benefit. Everything they touch is cookie jar rewards for them and their buds

  • Dan

    I’m so happy for them……The “ruling class” here in America, in charge and deciding what’s best for us peasants. Never mind that they work for “we the people”. It’s just interesting to know if they really have a public service state of mind or if there might be an underlying ulterior motive with that type of net worth.

    • Gyst53

      Just measure Congress elected officials “net worth” before and after being a Senator or Representative and publish in all media sources. Simple to say, but hard to do…..but then, that is why we have “Tax Free” Foundations to protect their wealth when they retire!!!

      “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian.”
      – Henry Ford

  • Gyst53

    Just measure Congress elected officials “net worth” before and after being a Senator or Representative and publish in all media sources. Simple to say, but hard to do…..

  • Marco Beeman

    It figures that the “ruling class” would be the ones with most of the $$$. The United States was created to break away from a RULING CLASS or MONARCH, but this oligarchy we have in Washington now is trying to send us right back to those days. So much for government BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE!

  • davesnrakleberger

    can we have the same sort of crap dished out about Pelosi and Reid? Get real.

  • Robert Blado

    Dirty Harry Reid made his fortune stealing land and on insider trading as did the puke, Pelosi!!!

  • Robert Picolo

    This is why Democrat and Republican do not want Trump to win because they. the Crook will loose there bread line why don’t some one like the news people find out wear they got there money from I think you be surprise No buddy will check out Congress you every wonder why John Boehner retire ..and why no one ask Hillary why she step down from Secretary of State If MR Trump win watch how many Congress will retire Hillary quite secretary of state when thing got hot will she quite as President I don’t want to take chance do you

  • homer1057

    For the LOVE of Money is the “ROOT” of all evil: 1 Tim 6:10 KJV (ONLY) The “ROOT” problem and the ROOT cause! This will NOT change, this nation, and the world is doomed to destruction! ENTER, the One New World Order, and the anti-Christ!

  • Rosech Levy

    Gee, where are all the other very rich members: Feinstein, Pelosi, Reid, etc. Seems a little bit of non-objectivity here.

  • George R. Horn

    I don’t just want to see the richest Republicans, want to address the Democrats also. I have no problem with someone who worked hard to get the money or married wealth. Look at John Kerry. Most of Congress is wealthy, look at their records, do yourselves a favor and buy a subscription to The Congressional Record. Then you can read what Congress does, not the spin put on it by the Parties and the media. Become educated people.