McClintock's chief of staff to speak at April 15 event

-- Freedom Fest CommitteeMarch 27, 2013 

A Tax Day Spaghetti Feed fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, April 15 at the Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. Igor Birman, Chief of Staff for Congressman Tom McClintock, will speak.

Born in the Soviet Union in 1981, Birman has seen firsthand the misery that tyrannical government inflicts upon its people and learned the precious nature of freedom witnessing his parents struggle under the communist regime. After a decade of Soviet refusals to issue an exit permit, Birman and his family arrived in Northern California as refugees in 1994.

Two weeks later, Birman started high school at the age of 13 and spent his free time helping his parents open a small web-design business and build a prosperous future in their new country. By then a firm believer in the American Dream, Birman proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2001.

At the age of 16, Birman enrolled at the University of California, Davis, where he received a political science degree, having defended conservative principles as a student columnist. At 24, Birman graduated as Doctor of Law from Emory University, where he chaired the Federalist Society, and in the following year he was admitted to the State Bar of California.

In 2009, Representative Tom McClintock appointed Birman as his Chief of Staff, tasking him with managing operations of the Congressional office, serving as senior policy and strategy adviser, and making Birman the youngest Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill.

Throughout his life in America, Birman has not stopped promoting the ideals of freedom in pursuit of which his family fled the USSR. Birman's articles and opinion pieces have been published around the country and he has provided guest commentary on talk radio, NPR, C-SPAN and other California and national outlets.

An avid skier and instrument-rated private pilot, Birman splits his time between the Washington, DC area and Northern California.

An auction will follow Birman's talk. The event is a fundraiser for 4th of July Family Freedom Fest sponsored by the Freedom Fest Committee and the Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party.

Suggested donation: $10. Make reservations by calling 866-565-1379 or matp@sti.net.

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