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The Least Likely Founding Father -- Becoming Madison

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Becoming Madison began with Michael Signer’s deep concern about America’s leadership predicament and the fact that Congress seems to be broken. It also continues a lifelong interest in strengthening democracy wherever and however we can.

Michael Signer attended majority-minority public schools in Arlington, Virginia.  He graduated from Princeton University with B.A. in Politics, magna cum laude, where he worked his way through school. His thesis advisor was the renowned political theorist George Kateb.

After graduation, Michael worked in finance for a short time, then turned to public service, working on the 1996 U.S. Senate campaign of Mark Warner and then as Legislative Assistant to then-Delegate Creigh Deeds. Michael then traveled to Berkeley to begin a Ph.D. in political science with a concentration in political theory. He later returned to Virginia to begin law school at the University of Virginia.  

Michael Signer later launched his own law firm, Madison Law & Strategy Group, where he currently practices corporate and regulatory law, and was promoted to Visiting Full Professor at Virginia Tech.

Today, Michael lives with his wife Emily and twin boys in Charlottesville, Virginia.   He is a lecturer at the University of Virginia, where he teaches an advanced seminar titled “Leadership, Statesmanship, and Democracy” in the Politics Department.  He is a member of the Virginia and Washington, D.C. Bars.  Michael Signer is President of the Fifeville Neighborhood Association, Chair of the Emergency Food Network, and Co-Chair of the Business Law Section of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association.

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