Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Profile: State Senator Ed Tarver (D-Augusta) SD 22.. A potentital candidate for Lt. Governor in 2010?

State Senator Ed Tarver, a centrist democrat is a partner with the Augusta law firm of Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Salley, P.C. He resides in Augusta with his wife Beverly (the former Beverly Myers). Sen. Tarver and his wife are the parents of two children – Edward Jr. (“Eddie”) and Beverly Elizabeth. He graduated from Glenn Hills High School in 1977, Augusta State University in 1981 and completed his law degree at the University of Georgia in 1991.

After graduating from Augusta State University, Sen. Tarver entered the United States Army and served for seven years as a Field Artillery officer before entering law school. After graduating from the University of Georgia in 1991, Sen. Tarver was a law clerk to the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr., former Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the southern district of Georgia. Sen. Tarver entered private practice in 1992, as an associate with Hull, Towill, Norman & Barrett (now Hull, Towill, Norman, Barrett & Salley). In 1999, he became a partner in his firm, practicing general civil litigation with an emphasis on employment discrimination and public finance law. Sen. Tarver currently serves on the Attorney Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the southern district of Georgia, and is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia. He has presented instructional materials on professionalism to attorneys across the state at the State Bar-sponsored Continuing Legal Education seminars. Sen. Tarver is also an active member of the Augusta Bar Association, where he has served on the Executive Committee, the Law Day Committee and the Admissions Committee.

In years past, Sen. Tarver has served as Chairman of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Leadership Georgia Foundation, Chairman of the Leadership Augusta Board, President of the Academy of Richmond County Boosters Club, Chairman of the St. John’s Towers Advisory Board, President of the Augusta Technical College Board of Directors, President of the East Georgia Easter Seals Society and a member of the Board of the Episcopal Day School in Augusta.

Currently, Sen. Tarver also serves as a Director on the Boards of the Georgia Bank & Trust Company, Georgia Lawyers Insurance Company, Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy and Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Exchange Club of Augusta. Sen. Tarver was the 1995 Alvin W. Vogtle Volunteer of the Year and the recipient of the 2002 Leadership Augusta Community Service Award.

Sen. Tarver serves as the secretary of the Banking and Financial Institutions committee. He also sits on Appropriations, Economic Development, Special Judiciary and Government Oversight committees.

Ed Tarver, in my opinion is one of the best & brightest minds in the democratic party. Only 50 years old, he is one of my darkhorse candidates for Lt. Governor. He is well respected by both sides of the aisle.

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