Igor Birman

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Igor Birman
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Candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 7
Bachelor'sUC Davis
Ph.D.Emory University
Campaign website
Igor Birman campaign logo
Igor Birman was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of California.[1]


Birman came to the United States from the Soviet Union as a refugee in 1994. He became a U.S. Citizen at the age of 19. He holds a B.A. in political science from UC Davis and a Doctor of Law degree from Emory University. Birman is a former Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom McClintock.[2]


Campaign themes


Birman's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Jobs and the Economy: "Now, as a result of policies such as Obamacare, confiscatory taxation and overwhelming and costly regulations on employers, families are struggling to find full-time work, with many new jobs created being part-time, while employee benefits, such as healthcare for spouses are rapidly disappearing."
  • Deficit and Debt: "I agree with Admiral Mike Mullen who warned in 2010 that the greatest threat to our national security is our national debt. Today it stands at $17 trillion, up from $13.5 trillion when Admiral Mullen made that warning."
  • Healthcare: "Obamacare rests on a crumbling foundation of broken promises and heavy-handed government control of choices that rightfully belong to individuals."
  • Immigration: "Legal immigration is the life-blood of our nation, and we should encourage it and free it from the bureaucratic red tape that keeps some families waiting decades to be reunited with their loved one. On the other hand, illegal immigration and amnesty undermine the very path that millions of legal immigrants have followed here."
  • Constitution and Liberty: "My first and only allegiance will be to the Constitution that every Member of Congress swears an oath to preserve and protect. Congress has ignored too many Constitutional principles. Having risked so much for a chance to live in freedom as an American, I will never forget them."


—Igor Birman's campaign website, http://www.igorbirman.com/Issues



See also: California's 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

California's 7th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the low margin of victory for Democrats in the last election and last two presidential elections. Incumbent Ami Bera (D) and Doug Ose (R) triumphed in the blanket primary over Igor Birman (R), Elizabeth Emken (R), Douglas Arthur Tuma (L) and Phill Tufi (I). Bera then narrowly defeated Ose in the general election.[5][6]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Birman to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[7]

U.S. House, California District 7 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAmi Bera Incumbent 46.7% 51,878
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Ose 26.4% 29,307
     Republican Igor Birman 17.5% 19,431
     Republican Elizabeth Emken 7.1% 7,924
     Libertarian Art Tuma 1.5% 1,629
     Independent Phill Tufi 0.8% 869
Total Votes 111,038
Source: California Secretary of State


Birman was endorsed by FreedomWorks PAC in his primary race.[8]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Birman's reports.

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