Issa is the second congressional Republican from Southern California to bow out of a reelection bid this week.
Rep. Darryll Issa (R-CA) is joined by more than a dozen Republican members of Congress as he speaks during a news conference about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the U.S. Capitol November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
That changed on Wednesday morning, January 10, when a statement was released by Issa's office in Washington, D.C. declaring he would retire at the end of his term this year.
"I am forever grateful to the people of San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties for their support and affording me the honor of serving them all these years", Issa said in a statement Wednesday morning.
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"While my service to California's 49th District will be coming to an end, I will continue advocating on behalf of the causes that are most important to me...", he said in his statement, in which he took at least partial credit for several developments, including the recall of California Gov.
Kudos to the passionate and persistent #Flipthe49th volunteers who showed up week after week to protest at Darrell Issa's district office. The district has been a Republican stronghold since Issa won his first election. Issa was considered one of the most vulnerable House incumbents approaching the 2018 midterm election. In fact, the president's approval ratings have been under 40 percent since last May. Many people in San Clemente beseeched Issa to take action against the potential construction of a toll road through the city and to fight for access to affordable healthcare.
"When you see the sheer level of retirements by very senior Republicans, you see them running scared, wanting to go out on their own terms and seeing the writing on the wall", said John Lapp, a Democratic consultant who was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006 when his party wrested control of the House from Republicans. In Issa's district, the party already has four well-funded challengers: Sara Jacobs, a former Obama administration official who boasts the endorsement of EMILY's List; Paul Kerr, a real estate investor with a talent for raking in campaign cash; Doug Applegate, a veteran and attorney who narrowly lost to Issa in 2016; and Mike Levin, a lawyer. The fifth is Jordan Mills of the Peace and Freedom Party.
Donohue made clear that the chamber wants Republicans to remain in control in Washington, even as he offered outreach to Democrats. "Three others, Diane Black (Tenn.) of the Budget Committee, Jason Chaffetz (Utah) of the Oversight Committee and Gregg Harper (Miss.) of the House Administration Committee, announced their decisions not to seek reelection before their terms would have expired".
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Issa was also a proponent of expediting requests for public records and opening transparency of federal spending. Both the DATA Act and FITARA both passed in 2015. Issa made a fortune from this business and he even provided the voice of the Viper auto alarms that would warn people they were standing too close the vehicle: "Protected by Viper".
His most recent piece of legislation targets highly skilled foreign workers who are not immigrants and would require these workers to have skills that are worth salaries of $100,000 or more and would eliminate the masters or higher education degree criteria.
But Tanya Johnson, also a retired teacher, said she would be disappointed to see Issa leave, crediting him with keeping an open door for constituents.
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