Monday Jan 05 2009
McClintock announces his dream team
By: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
Communication with voters will be a leading priority
Newly elected 4th District Congressman Tom McClintock, who is being sworn in today at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., is looking forward to committee appointments and has put together his team for the coming term. The selection process for congressional committee assignments starts tomorrow, McClintock said, and he has requested Natural Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Budget. “I was asked to serve on the Judiciary Committee, which involves immigration policy among other things,” he said Monday. “I have indicated I have no objection to that assignment either.” McClintock said he plans to maintain frequent dialogue with his constituency. “I intend to give very high priority to a series of town hall meetings both by telephone as well as in person to have extensive discussions with local officials and with voters over the coming months,” he said. “I’m particularly intrigued with new technology that allows conference calls among constituents and I have budgeted to make extensive use of that technology as well over the next year.” Staff selection includes Chief of Staff Igor Birman, 27, who has a law degree from Emory University, where he chaired the Federalist Society, according to a press release issued by McClintock’s office Monday. Birman is a member of the State Bar of California as well as being an instrument-rated pilot. His articles and op-ed pieces have been published around the country and he has provided guest commentary to local talk radio, as well as NPR, Fox News, C-SPAN and other national outlets. He was born in the Soviet Union and fled with his family at the age of 12. He is fluent in three languages. He’ll serve as the chief policy adviser to McClintock and manage the operations of the congressional office. Birman attended undergraduate school at University of California, Davis and has resided in Sacramento. Longtime legislative staffer Dan Brennan, from Sloughhouse, has been named district director. Brennan’s experience includes 12 years in senior positions working for California legislators. He will manage all staff activities and constituent services in the district. He and his wife Allison have five children. Communications Director Jennifer Cressy has worked for McClintock for the past 12 years. She will manage press and communications strategy from Washington. She has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a minor in political science from California State University, Long Beach. Press Secretary Bill George has more than 20 years’ experience in journalism, marketing and public affairs including service as the assistant secretary of the California Trade & Commerce Agency. He will be responsible for fulfilling the district communications objectives. He lives with his family in Granite Bay and has a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Norman Gonzales, community outreach director, has many years of state and federal legislative experience including three years working in Congress. He is a graduate of California State University Sacramento and a former chairman and current member of the Site Based Leadership Team at Twelve Bridges Middle School in Lincoln. McClintock’s swearing-in ceremony is at noon eastern time. His district office, at 4230 Douglas Boulevard, Suite 200, in Granite Bay, will be open and constituents are welcome to visit and meet the staff, George said in the press release.