About our Keynote Speaker

birman.jpgIgor Birman, born in the Soviet Union in 1981, has seen his dedication to promoting the cause of freedom propel him to the position of one of Capitol Hill's most loyal defenders of personal liberty. Handpicked by Tom McClintock in 2009 as Chief of Staff for his Congressional office, Igor became the youngest Chief of Staff in Congress and took an active role as Tom's senior policy and strategy advisor. A proud US citizen from the age of nineteen, Igor and his family immigrated legally to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1994 after more than a decade of Soviet refusals to issue an exit permit.

He started high school in Northern California two weeks after arriving to the country, at the age of thirteen; by 16, he had already enrolled as a full-time student at UC Davis, where he received a degree in Political Science and gained attention for defending conservative principles as a student columnist. Igor holds a Doctor of Law degree from Emory University, where he chaired the Federalist Society, and was admitted to the State Bar of California at the age of 25. An instrument-rated private pilot and an avid skier, Igor grew up in California and maintains a deep bond to the land he and his family have called home for the past 19 years.

With articles and op-eds published around the country and appearances on talk-radio, NPR, C-SPAN, and other California and national outlets, Igor has received attention not just for promoting American principles, but embodying them, too. Having seen firsthand the misery that tyrannical government inflicts upon its people growing up in the Soviet Union, Igor has dedicated his life as a US citizen to ensuring that the United States stays true to the ideals of its Founding Fathers and remains a beacon of freedom and prosperity for the rest of the world. Igor resides in Rancho Cordova.

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