RANEPA graduate Vyacheslav Volodin nominated for State Duma Speaker
On September 23, President Vladimir Putin asked the newly elected 7th State Duma to support the nomination of First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Vyacheslav Volodin for Speaker of the Russian parliament’s lower house.
“Mr. Volodin knows what it’s like to work in parliament, as he has been a member for a long time,” the President said, quoted by the TASS news agency. “I hope that his experience will help him organize the work in the lower house, if the Duma members approve his nomination, of course.”
Vyacheslav Volodin was born on February 4, 1964 in the village of Alekseyevka in the Saratov Region. In 1986, he graduated from Saratov’s Kalinin Institute for Mechanization of Agriculture with a degree in mechanical engineering.
In 1995, he earned a law degree from the Russian Academy of Civil Service under the President of the Russian Federation (which became part of RANEPA in 2010).
He was elected to the State Duma in 1995, then reelected in 2003 and 2007. He served as deputy speaker and deputy head of the United Russia Party parliamentary group. In 2010, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Staff of the Government's Executive Office. Since December 27, 2011 he serves as First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office.