Darrell Issa is retiring from Congress but not from Washington.
The White House announced Wednesday that the Vista Republican, called the richest member of the House, will become director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
Issa fills a role that is currently vacant, said The Wall Street Journal.
“The independent agency helps companies create jobs domestically through the export of U.S. goods and services for development projects in emerging economies,” the Journal said. “Mr. Issa’s appointment comes amid a push by Mr. Trump to renegotiate tougher trade deals with some of America’s biggest trade partners.”
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— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) September 19, 2018
Issa would join former San Diegan Peter Navarro — a Trump adviser — as fierce critics of China on trade policy. The White House is continuing to expand tariffs on Chinese goods.
A former chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association, Issa made his fortune with Directed Electronics, a car-alarm and security company he co-founded in 1982.
In Congress, he was chairman of the House Oversight Committee and became nationally known for investigations of the Obama administration.
Democrat Mike Levin and Republican Diane Harkey are fighting to fill his seat in the coastal 49th District, which straddles south Orange County and north San Diego County.
Issa at one time expressed interest in running to succeed Rep. Duncan Hunter in the 50th District if his fellow Republican resigned.