Dwight E. Evans
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 203rd district
January 4, 1981
|Preceded by||James Jones|
May 16, 1954 |
|Alma mater||La Salle University|
Early life and education
Evans grew up in the Germantown and West Oak Lane sections of Philadelphia  and is a graduate of the Community College of Philadelphia and La Salle University. After graduation, he became a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and a community activist for the Urban League.
Evans was first elected to office in 1980. His district, which encompasses West Oak Lane in Philadelphia, is heavily Democratic with a 95% African-American population. As a result, he has had minimal GOP opposition in winning re-election to his seat.
Since taking office, Evans has run for higher office four times unsuccessfully. In 1986, he sought the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor but finished third in the primary election to future Lieutenant Governor Mark Singel.
In 1994, Evans became the first African American candidate to seek the office of Governor of Pennsylvania. In the Democratic primary election, Evans faced off with Lynn Yeakel and Lt. Governor Singel. He won endorsements from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Again, however, Evans finished third in the primary with 22%.
Evans has since made two runs for Mayor of Philadelphia. In 1999, in the race to succeed Ed Rendell, Evans finished fifth with 4.7% of the vote in a crowded primary won by John Street. In 2007, despite comments by Governor Rendell that Evans was the "best qualified" for mayor, he finished fifth again taking only 7.82% of the vote.
Evans was elected as the Democratic Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 1990  and served in that capacity until November 2010.
- Board of Directors, Fox Chase Cancer Center
- Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System
- National Board of Directors, Black Alliance for Educational Options
- Gregory Gilderman, The Dwight Stuff?, Philadelphia Magazine, April 2007
- Carol Morello, Singel Emerges as Winner Over Flaherty and Evans, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 1986
- Michael DeCoursey Hinds, Pennsylvania's No. 2 Official Is Nominated for Governor, New York Times, May 11, 1994
- G. Terry Madonna, 1999 Philadelphia Mayoral Primary , Franklin and Marshall College, Center for Politics & Public Affairs
- Amy Worden, Rendell Likes Evans but Won't Endorse, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 3, 2007
- Certified Election Results, Committee of Seventy, June 18, 2007
- S.A. Paolantonio, The Quiet Connection, Philadelphia Magazine
- Philadelphia Tribune Names City’s 10 Most Influential African Americans
Media related to Dwight E. Evans at Wikimedia Commons
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives - Dwight Evans official PA House website
- Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus - Rep. Dwight Evans official Party website
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Dwight Evans (PA) profile
- Follow the Money - Dwight Evans
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 203rd District