Early Life & Education
Bardella was adopted by a young couple in Rochester, New York. His adoptive father worked as a security guard at an office building while his mother pursued a degree in literature at the University of Rochester. When he was three, Bardella’s adoptive parents divorced. He then lived with his mother and spent alternating weekends with his father. He attended a catholic school and served as an altar boy. 
His mother later relocated to Escondido, California, where Bardella would enroll at Escondido High School. Teachers nominated him for the Escondido Youth Commission, an advisory board formed partially in response to the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School Shooting. 
After graduating from high school in 2001, Bardella planned on attending the University of California-Davis, before heading to law school. But at the end of a summer internship with a state legislator, he was offered a full-time job. 
He assisted in the Committee’s strategic planning development and media outreach coordination to advance committee investigations, hearings and oversight initiatives. Before joining Issa, Bardella served as Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe and communications director for Rep. Brian Bilbray. 
Prior to coming to Capitol Hill in 2006, Bardella worked in the private sector in San Diego. He previously worked as a spokesperson for Breitbart News and the Daily Caller.