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The Political Life - from campaigns to capitols and everywhere in between. A show about the people whose lives are immersed in the political world, and how they got there. Politicians, lobbyists, pollsters, and business people. If they're on the show, they're living the political life.

Hosted by Jim O'Brien, The Political Life introduces you to the personalities and "day in the life" experiences of some of the most interesting and dynamic individuals in the field. 

Aug 20, 2018

In this week's episode we speak with Eric Tanenblatt, who is the Global Chair of Public Policy and Regulation of Dentons, the world's largest law firm. 

In our conversation, we discuss Eric's career in politics at the state and federal levels, as well as the work Dentons does in the government affairs space for clients all over the world.

  • Eric grew up in New York, but has lived in Georgia most of his adult life, after attending Emory University in Atlanta
  • Eric got his start working in the 1988 presidential primary for then Vice President George H.W. Bush
  • He then went on to work for the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, followed by a stint working for the Peace Corps
  • Eric left his position with the Peace Corps to serve as state director for former Peace Corps Director Paul Coverdell's run for the U.S. Senate in 1989
  • After Coverdell's election to the U.S. Senate, he served as Coverdell's state director 
  • After working for Sen. Coverdell for years, he joined a public affairs firm and then eventually transitioned to Long, Aldrich, & Norman, which at that time was a predominantly Democratic law firm
  • Eric served as the State Chair of the 2000 George W. Bush campaign, and then served as Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue's chief of staff during Perdue's first year in office
  • While serving as Perdue's chief of staff, he helped reorganize Georgia's state government
  • After leaving the Perdue administration, Eric returned to Long, Aldrich, & Norman, which was later renamed "Dentons," and has since become the largest law firm in the world
  • Eric is the head of the firm's global public policy practice, which includes the fifty state "Dentons 50" network
  • The Dentons 50 network allows clients to manage multi-state campaigns easily and efficiently 
  • Eric has become a thought leader in the electric and autonomous vehicle space in recent years

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