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President Trump taps outgoing Congressman Darrell Issa to head US trade agency

Posted: 5:16 PM, Sep 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-20 00:45:48Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The White House confirmed Wednesday that outgoing Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has been nominated to head the United States Trade and Development Agency.

Rep. Issa (CA-49) currently represents California's 49th Congressional District but has decided not to seek re-election.

The U.S. trade agency's seat is currently vacant. If confirmed, Issa will head the agency to help U.S. companies create jobs domestically through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.

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The 64-year-old representative has served as Chair of the House Oversight Committee and, prior to Congress, spent time in the private sector as a small business owner.

A January report from The Hill  claimed Issa was pursuing embattled Congressman Duncan Hunter's 50th District seat. Issa, however, denied those reports.

The 49th District covers coastal areas of San Diego County and portions of Orange County.

A June poll  by SurveyUSA showed Republican candidate Diane Harkey leading the race for Issa's seat with 24 percent of the vote.