Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 066 Eric TanenblattReflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 066 Eric Tanenblatt

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 066 Eric Tanenblatt

Descriptive Summary

Title: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 066 Eric Tanenblatt
Creator Tanenblatt, Eric J., 1966-
Dates 2009 January 21
Extent 1.0 interview
Repository Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
AbstractEric 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.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.

Preferred citation

Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 066, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.


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Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Content

Tanenblatt discusses attending Emory and being involved with George H.W. Bush's campaign.

Tanenblatt recalls his time as a campaign staffer organizing support for George H.W. Bush's campaign on college campuses in Georgia and subsequently working for Louis Sullivan in Health and Human services. He then worked with Paul Coverdell and the Peace Corps.

Tannenblatt recalls working on Paul Coverdell's campaign to run for U.S. Senate in 1992. He discusses the political climate of the Republican party at that time and the financial resources of that campaign.

Tanenblatt recalls his time co-chairing President George W. Bush's presidential campaign in Georgia with Sonny Perdue. He also recalls working on Perdue's campaign for governor and serving as his chief of staff.

Tanenblatt extensively comments on party politics in Georgia and how the state has benefitted from the two party system. He discusses Newt Gingrich's Contract for America, cooperation across the aisle, and the outlook for the Republican Party in Georgia. He also comments on President Obama's inauguration.

Tanenblatt discusses the economic climate and the political implications of an economy in a recession. He explains that he has never considered running for office and predicts the outcome of the 2010 gubernatorial race.

Tanenblatt recalls his history of volunteerism and mentions organizations he's involved in such as Hands on Georgia and Corporation for National and Community Service.


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Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection


Access Points

Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Bush, George, 1924-
Campaign management--United States.
Coverdell, Paul Douglas, 1939-2000.
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Emory University.
Georgia--Governors.
Gingrich, Newt
Obama, Barack
Perdue, Sonny, 1946-
Political campaigns--United States--Georgia.
Political campaigns--United States.
Republican Party (Ga.)
United States--Congress--Senate.

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