Vyacheslav Volodin (Вячеслав Викторович Володин) was born on February 4, 1964 in the Saratov region of Russia. With a background in engineering and law, he has been involved in Russian politics since the early 1990s. After a stint as Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, he was appointed first deputy head of the Presidential Administration on December 27, 2011.
In 1986 Volodin graduated from the mechanical engineering faculty of the Kalinin Mechanized Agriculture Institute in Saratov. He went on to study law in the early 1990s, graduating from the Presidential Civil Service Academy with a PhD in law in 1995.
Volodin has worked as a lecturer and assistant professor as well as serving as head of the department of state development and administration at the Civil Service Academy in the Volga region.
In 1991 Volodin was elected a deputy of the Saratov Regional Duma and named as the speaker. The following year he became deputy head of the property department of the Saratov municipal administration. He served in various other positions in the Saratov local government until 1999, when he was elected to the third State Duma. In September 2001 he was elected head of the Fatherland - All Russia party faction in the State Duma.
In December 2003 he was reelected to the Duma. Two years later he became secretary of the Presidium of the General Council of the United Russia party.
In October 2010 Volodin was appointed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff by presidential decree. In late May 2011, Putin’s spokesman announced that Volodin had been appointed head of the All-Russia People’s Front, a coalition based on support for Putin.
On December 27th, 2011, following parliamentary elections marred by allegations of fraud, Volodin replaced Vladislav Surkov as the first deputy head of the Presidential Administration.
Volodin is married and has a daughter.