Interview with Eric Tanenblatt, August 15, 2017

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Eric J. Tanenblatt was born in 1966 in Long Island, New York. He graduated from Emory University with a degree in economics. He immediately started as a campaign worker for George H.W. Bush and organized 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 the liaison to the White House. In 1992, he directed Paul Coverdell’s senate campaign, and served as his state director in Georgia. In 1998, he served as vice chairman of Coverdell’s reelection campaign. In 2000, he served as chairman of George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in Georgia. After Bush's election, Tanenblatt joined the law firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge. 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. He then returned to his law practice, where he focused his work on governmental affairs. President Bush appointed him to the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. He is the founder of Hands on Georgia, a program dedicated to promoting volunteerism.






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Eric Tanenblatt and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Eric Tanenblatt, August 15, 2017,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024,