Eric J. Tanenblatt*
With a keen understanding of the American political process, Eric Tanenblatt is the co-chair of the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs practice at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP (MLA) and leads the firm's National Government Affairs Group, focusing on governmental affairs at the federal, state and local levels. For years he has been at the forefront of dramatic government activities at all levels. Today, Mr. Tanenblatt is considered by a growing number of elected officials and corporate leaders to be an invaluable resource - a creative and effective strategist who combines knowledge and network into results.
Mr. Tanenblatt began his career at MLA in 2001, then left to serve as Chief of Staff to Governor Sonny Perdue, Georgia’s first Republican Governor in over 130 years, returning to MLA in 2004. He continued his work with Governor Perdue as state coordinator for the 2004 G-8 Economic Summit hosted by President George W. Bush at Sea Island.
Mr. Tanenblatt served as a political advisor and National Finance Co-Chair for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential campaign. His association with Governor Romney extends back to the Governor’s chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in 2004 when Mr. Tanenblatt served as Finance Co-Chair for the organization.
In 2000, he served as the state chairman for President George W. Bush’s successful Georgia campaign effort and held senior positions in the 1996 Dole and Gramm Presidential campaigns. A longtime advisor to the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA), Mr. Tanenblatt served as vice chairman of Senator Coverdell’s successful 1998 reelection campaign, directed Senator Coverdell’s 1992 campaign for the U.S. Senate and served as the Senator’s State Director in Georgia. From 1989 to 1991, he served in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush. At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he served as a Special Assistant to Secretary Louis Sullivan focusing on Congressional and legislative affairs. In his role as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Peace Corps, Mr. Tanenblatt served as the agency’s liaison to the White House, Congress and all federal departments and agencies.
A prominent advocate for civic engagement, Mr. Tanenblatt was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service where he served from 2008-2013. He was also the founder and Chairman of Hands on Georgia, a statewide organization to promote volunteerism, and served as Co-Chair of the Host Committee for the National Conference for Service and Volunteerism held in Atlanta in 2008.
Georgia Trend Magazine named Mr. Tanenblatt one of the “Forty under 40” rising stars of Georgia in October 1997. And in January 2003, Georgia Trend named him as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” as well as a “Notable Georgian” for 2011, 2012 and 2013. JAMES Magazine has also recognized Mr. Tanenblatt by naming him one of “Georgia’s Most Influential People” in its 2005, 2007 and 2012 annual listings.
Mr. Tanenblatt is frequently quoted and cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, National Journal, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Morris News Service, and many others. He regularly appears on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s "Political Rewind," Lawmakers" and “On the Story” television shows and has been featured on several Atlanta news channels.
- Graduate, Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems, Georgetown University, 1987
- B.A., Economics, Emory University, 1988
* Non-attorney professional