Interview with Jeff DiSantis, August 27, 2019

Collection: Two-Party Georgia Oral History Project

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Jeff DiSantis was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in various locations around the country while his father served in the military. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law. DiSantis worked on the staff of multiple Democratic officeholders during the late 1980s and 1990s, including Senator Sam Nunn. He is the founding partner of the Jeff DiSantis Law Firm and a partner at 20/20 Insight, a consulting and public relations firms. DiSantis resides in Atlanta.

DiSantis talks about his upbringing before turning to his time at the University of Georgia and Emory University School of Law. He discusses his early work in Democratic politics, including his role in 1996 Clinton/Gore campaign. DiSantis recalls working with the Democratic National Committee and consultant Jim Andrews. He reflects on his work with Thurbert Baker’s 1998 campaign for Georgia Attorney General and in the Attorney General’s office. DiSantis talks about working with Bobby Kahn as executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, including the 2006 election cycle. He recalls founding 20/20 Insight and managing Attorney General Thurbert Baker’s unsuccessful 2010 gubernatorial campaign and Michelle Nunn’s 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. The conversation turns to the electoral impact of Donald Trump’s 2016 victory. DiSantis breaks down the 2018 gubernatorial election and assesses Democrats’ growing suburban strength and Republicans’ continued dominance in rural and exurban areas. He looks ahead to the 2020 election cycle.

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2019-08-27

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RBRL425TPGA-085

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Jeff DiSantis and Ashton Ellett, “Interview with Jeff DiSantis, August 27, 2019,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed July 25, 2024, https://georgiaoralhistory.libs.uga.edu/RBRL425TPGA/RBRL425TPGA-085.