… and let the endorsement shelling begin. We won’t post them all, but just our favorites.
Top California Republican Endorses Igor Birman for Congress
Former California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, one of California’s leading Republican voices, joined the chorus of leaders endorsing Igor Birman for Congress.
“Igor Birman is a dynamic conservative leader whose background and experience make him the best candidate for Republicans to take back Congressional District 7,” Poizner said. “I’m offering Igor my strong endorsement, and I encourage my fellow Republicans to support Igor’s campaign, so that we can win this seat in November 2014.”
“I am very pleased to have the support and endorsement of Commissioner Steve Poizner,” said Igor Birman. “Steve is a successful businessman and dedicated public servant who understands the problems that families throughout California face. I’m proud to have him on our team and to add his name to our growing list of supporters. Birman has already received the endorsements of Representative Tom McClintock and FreedomWorks, a national grassroots group that champions individual liberty.
About Igor Birman
Igor Birman was born in the Soviet Union and learned at a young age what it means to live in a society that suppresses freedom. That experience has driven him to be an ardent and dedicated advocate for preserving freedom as the cornerstone of American public policy.
Igor Birman came to the United States as a refugee in 1994 and grew up in California. He refers to becoming a U.S. Citizen at the age of 19 as the proudest moment of his life. He is a graduate of UC Davis with a BA in Political Science and holds a Doctor of Law degree from Emory University. He is a member of the California Bar.
In 2009, he was asked by Congressman Tom McClintock to serve as his Chief of Staff. In that role, Igor served as Congressman McClintock’s senior policy and strategy advisor, responsible for both Washington, DC and district offices, before recently taking a leave of absence to run for Congress.
In his spare time, Igor is an instrument-rated private pilot and avid skier.
About Steve Poizner
Steve Poizner is a former California Insurance Commissioner and a highly successful high tech entrepreneur with over two decades of starting and running industry-changing technology companies in Silicon Valley, such as SnapTrack, Inc., which pioneered technology that put GPS receivers into cell phones.
After finding much success in business, Poizner turned his focus to education and public service, co-founding EdVoice, an educational non-profit organization dedicated to improving public schools and serving the interests of K-12 children in California. He also served as a volunteer teacher in San Jose’s Mount Pleasant High School teaching 12th grade American Government. In 2003, Poizner co-founded the California Charter Schools Association.
Poizner served as a White House Fellow on the National Security Council. Starting one week before the September 11, 2001 attacks, Poizner held the position of Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection, and was involved in developing Homeland Security programs relating to cyber security and emergency response communication protocols. In 2006, Poizner was elected statewide and served as California’s Insurance Commissioner through January, 2011.
Poizner is currently the CEO of Empowered Careers, which partnered with UCLA extension to offer professional certificates and career counseling for adults seeking to remain viable in today’s job market.