U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., will become chairman of a key U.S. House committee should Republicans take control. Issa's previous public protection gig: Launching the Viper car alarm in the '80s, using his voice for the "STAND BACK" warning.

Issa is the top Republican on the U.S. House Oversight committee, one of two that probed the Toyota recall among other topics. Skip ahead to about 30 seconds into this interview with Issa to hear his experience in the car alarm business:

Issa later sold his controlling stake in Directed Electronics, the company that still sells Viper car alarms. As of last year, he was ranked the wealthiest member of Congress with a net worth estimated at $251 million.