Interview with Eric Tanenblatt, January 21, 2009

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Eric J. Tanenblatt graduated from Emory University with a degree in economics. He immediately started as a campaign worker for George H.W. Bush, organizing college campuses. There, he met and worked with Senator Paul Coverdell. When Bush was elected President, Tanenblatt moved to Washington, D.C. to work in the administration. He served as a special assistant to Secretary Louis Sullivan in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was then appointed director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Peace Corps, serving as its liaison to the White House. In 1992, he directed Paul Coverdell’s senate campaign, and served as his state director in Georgia. In 2000, he served as chairman of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in Georgia. In 2001, he left to serve as Governor Sonny Perdue’s chief of staff. In 2004, he served as finance chairman for Perdue’s reelection campaign. Tanenblatt discusses his experience with political campaigns, Republican party politics in Georgia, and his passion for volunteerism.






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Eric Tanenblatt and Bob Short, “Interview with Eric Tanenblatt, January 21, 2009,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 14, 2024,