Andrew Birkinsha was raised in Michigan, Oklahoma, and Kansas as the oldest of five children. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frankfurt, Germany, and later graduated with degrees in economics and German studies. After graduating, Andrew took his family to Madison, Wisconsin, where he worked for the software company Epic Systems. After deciding IT work was not for him, he rekindled his love for debate and decided to apply to law school. Andrew enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and spending time with his wife and daughter.