Eric W. Emmert joined Dorn Policy Group Inc. in October 2005 as the firm’s Vice President. Eric brings a wide range of experiences to Dorn Policy Group, Inc. and will work at the municipal, county, state and federal levels while incorporating government relations, media relations, lobbying, networking and issues management to meet client needs.
Eric has a successful track record in government relations and lobbying. He has been responsible for passage of a wide range of bills at the Arizona Legislature. From transportation funding and education bills to government cost reduction and complex tax legislation, Eric continues to successfully navigate challenging issues though the legislative process and into state law.
Professionally, Eric most recently served as Vice President of Public Affairs for the Tempe Chamber of Commerce where he developed one of the leading government relations programs in the region representing members from a wide variety of businesses and industries. In his five years leading the Tempe Chamber’s public affairs program, Eric successfully enacted changes to the city sign code, implemented light rail construction mitigation measures and worked to improve the city transportation infrastructure. In addition, he drafted state legislation to address inequities in business property taxes and expedited corporate filings for Arizona entrepreneurial ventures.
Prior to making the trek across the country to Arizona in 2000, Eric represented the Greater Manchester (New Hampshire) Chamber of Commerce in local, state and federal relations. As Manager of Government Affairs for the Manchester Chamber, Eric directed a successful political campaign to construct a $96 million municipal event arena. Eric also worked with local and state officials to construct the model system for electric deregulation.
From 1997 to 1998 Eric was the Governmental and Community Affairs Manager for the Waterloo and Cedar Falls Chambers of Commerce. Representing diverse business interests, Eric lobbied local, state and federal lawmakers to successfully complete US Highway 20 across the State of Iowa. In that position, Eric also helped create Iowa’s successful Enterprise Zone program.
Throughout the 1996 presidential election, Eric worked as the Iowa Communications Director for the Dole/Kemp ’96 campaign. Eric orchestrated the Iowa campaign message and acted as the media spokesperson working with local, national and international media. Eric frequently briefed visiting officials on area issues including Senators Don Nichols, Nancy Kassebaum, Charles Grassley, Bob Dole and former Department of Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole.
Eric holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a Public Relations emphasis from Iowa State University. Eric is a recipient of the James A. Hopson award from Iowa State University for outstanding volunteerism. He recently finished a stint as president of the Tempe Leadership Board of Directors and continues as president of the Tempe Union High School District Education Foundation. Eric strongly believes in giving back to his community and volunteers his time for many civic organizations.