Rep. Darrell Issa is the U.S. Representative for California’s 49th congressional district, serving since 2001. Issa, the second of six children, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Martha and William Issa. His father was Eastern Orthodox and his mother was a Mormon. His paternal grandparents were Lebanese immigrants who both belonged to the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. Issa is one of a few Lebanese-Americans in Congress and has had a significant role in U.S. peace initiatives in the Middle East.