Edward J. Tarver received a B. A. in Political Science from Augusta College (presently Augusta State University) in 1981, and a J. D. Degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1991. Mr. Tarver entered the United States Army in 1982 and served for seven years as a Field Artillery Officer attaining the rank of Captain before entering law school. Following graduation from the University of Georgia, Mr. Tarver served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr., former Chief Judge of the U. S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia. Mr. Tarver entered private practice in 1992 as an associate with Hull, Towill, Norman and Barrett (presently Hull Barrett). He became a partner in the firm in 1999, practicing general civil litigation with an emphasis on employment discrimination.
In 2005, he was elected to the Georgia General Assembly as a Senator for Senate District 22. As a Georgia State Senator, he served on the Criminal Justice, Judicial and Public Safety subcommittees to Appropriations, and on the Joint Economic Development Subcommittee of Regulatory Reform. Mr. Tarver was re-elected in 2006 and 2008.
He has also served on the Court Advisory Committee for the U. S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia, since 2001, and is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia. He is also an active member of the Augusta Bar Association where he has previously served on the Executive Committee, the Law Day Committee, and the Admissions Committee. He has presented instructional materials on professionalism across Georgia at State Bar-sponsored Continuing Legal Education seminars.
In the past, Mr. 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. He also previously served as a Director of the Georgia Bank and Trust Company, Pro Assurance (formerly Georgia Lawyers Insurance Company), Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is the recipient of the 1995 Alvin W. Vogtle Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2002 Leadership Augusta Community Service Award. He was awarded the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus award by Augusta State University.
President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Tarver as United States Attorney, Southern District of Georgia, on September 17, 2009. On November 10, 2009, following unanimous consent of the United States Senate, Mr. Tarver was appointed by President Obama. He was sworn in as U. S. Attorney on November 12, 2009.
Mr. Tarver has two children, Edward, Jr. and Beverly Elizabeth.