|Member of the Florida Senate
from the 2nd district
|Preceded by||Durell Peaden|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 1st district
|Preceded by||Jeff Miller|
|Succeeded by||Clay Ingram|
|Born||Robert Gregory Evers
June 16, 1955
|Spouse(s)||Charlene Baker Evers (divorced)
Marsha Evers (divorced)
Tami Sue Evers (divorced)
Lori K. Weems
|Children||three: Stephanie Evers Barlow, Jennifer Evers Wallace, Rob|
|Education||Pensacola Junior College|
|Profession||Politician, farmer & small businessman|
Robert Gregory (Greg) Evers is a Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing District 2, which includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, and the northern half of Okaloosa counties in the westernmost Florida panhandle. He previously served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives.
Evers is the eldest child of John Robert and Jequita Evers. He grew up in the farming community of Munson, Florida, where he worked on the family farm alongside his father and brother Eric and sister Kay. Greg graduated from Jay High School in 1973 and then attended Pensacola Junior College. In early 1975, his family opened Baker Farm Center, a farm supply, fertilize and feed store in Baker, Florida. By 1985, Evers purchased Baker Farm Center from his parents and he continues to operate it today.
In addition to the Baker Farm Center, Evers has continuously operated Greg Evers Farms in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties, growing primarily peanuts, cotton, wheat and soybeans. He also grows strawberries and sells them at his U-Pick strawberry farm, Akers of Strawberries, located in Baker.
Evers has three children from an early marriage: Stephanie Barlow of Milton, Jennifer Wallace of Orlando and Rob Evers of Baker. He has two grandchildren, Alli Barlow and Rex Evers Wallace. As of March 2013, he was married to Lori K. Weems, a Tallahassee lawyer and lobbyist.
In mid-2001, Evers won a special election to fill the seat being vacated by Congressman Jeff Miller as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, District 1. He won re-election in 2002 and 2006, but was term-limited in 2010. Evers sought the Florida Senate seat held by Durell Peaden, who was also term-limited.
In early 2009, Bill Salter Advertising obtained 105 permits to remove trees blocking the view of their billboards. State law gives the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) some descretion over the applicant's submission of a mitigation plan, and the amount of fees paid to the state, which can be as much as $30,000 per billboard. The Salter permits were exempted from both requirements, potentially saving the company millions of dollars. Salter's general manager Dave McCurdy, who was not only a high school classmate, but "close friends" with Greg Evers, stated: "On January 8th, 2009, I spoke with State Representative Mr. Greg Evers and Secretary of Transportation Ms. Stephanie Kopelousos about this and they agreed and we were granted these permits." At the time, the House transportation committee was chaired by Evers, who claimed, "I have helped constituents that I have never met personally and constituents that I know from my community. That is my job." Kopelousos insisted, "The decision in question was made at the District Office level, and I was not involved with the apparent issuance of any permit related to this matter."
That same year, Evers decided to run for State Senate district 2. As a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and because of his prior support on legislation, the NRA considered him a "top priority". In July of 2009, the NRA paid Bill Salter Advertising $18,000 to have Ever's face on 32 billboards in north Florida where Senate district 2 is located. The deal was made by Marion Hammer, a registered lobbyist for the NRA who commented that it was part of a membership drive. The NRA was not charged a monthly fee for any of the billboards, which stayed up at least six months. The minimum monthly rental fee is $650, saving the organization around $125,000. McCurdy and Salter sales manager Mike Crawley claimed that it was common to give price breaks on monthly fees, but two Salter salesmen were unaware of any price breaks. McCurdy said that the NRA ad was put on blank billboards, which would have otherwise cost Salter to install "filler" ads. Crawley was surprised that the NRA chose Salter because Lamar Advertising is the NRA's preferred vendor.
A grand jury of Florida's Second Judicial district-Leon County investigated the FDOT in the Spring term of 2011. Evers declined the Grand Jury's invitation to testify and a subpoena was issued to compel his attendance. The Grand Jury concluded that "Senator Evers was used by Salter Advertising to secure permits by circumventing the law. Evidence reflects that Salter knew the law, chose not to comply, and misrepresented to Senator Evers the FDOT's response to their inquiries."
Councils and committee memberships
- Joint Legislative Auditing Committee - Chair
- Agriculture & Natural Resources Policy Committee
- Economic Development Policy Committee
- Natural Resources Appropriations Committee
- Public Safety & Domestic Security Policy Committee
- Okaloosa County Farm Service Agency 1996-2001
- Okaloosa County Florida Farm Bureau, President 1998-2001
- Okaloosa County Overall Advisory Committee 1995-1997, 1998–2000
- Christian Coalition Faith and Family Award 2006, 2004, 2003
- Florida Forestry Association, Legislator of the Year 2006
- Florida Association of Ag Educators, Legislator of the Year 2005
- Florida Farm Bureau, Outstanding Legislator Award 2004
- Northwest Florida Independent Pharmacist, Award of Recognition 2003
- Agriculturist of the Year 2002
- Okaloosa Walton College, Recognition of Contributions and Dedication to Higher Education 2002
- Small County Coalition, Recognition of Leadership 2002
- Okaloosa County Farm Family of the Year 1998
|Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Bills Passed Into Law|
|Legislative Session||Bill Number||Bill Title|
|2004||HB 1457||Land Surveying and Mapping|
|2005||HB 1677||Avalon Beach-Mulat Fire Protection District, Santa Rosa County|
|2005||HB 213||Construction Professionals|
|2005||HB 1347||Controlled Substances|
|2006||HB 1155||Contaminated Drycleaning Facilities|
|2006||HB 1367||Contracting Exemptions|
|2006||HB 1145||Official State Designations|
|2006||HB 1369||Public Records and Public Meetings|
|2006||HB 125||Voter Registration|
|2007||HB 1099||Blackman Fire District, Inc., Okaloosa County|
|2007||CS/HB 517||Financial Responsibility for Motor Vehicles|
|2007||CS/CS/HB 995||Holt Fire District, Okaloosa County|
|2007||HB 515||University of West Florida|
|2008||CS/HB 503||Preservation & Protection of the Right to Keep & Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008|
|2009||CS/HB 515||Oil & Gas Production Taxes|
|2009||CS/HB 1431||City of Pensacola, Town of Century & Escambia County|
|2009||CS/CS HB 1479||Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (passed into law as CS/CS/SB 1100)|
|Cosponsored Bills Passed Into Law|
|Legislative Session||Bill Number||Bill Title|
|2004||HB 21A||Agency for Workforce Innovation|
|2004||HB 5A||Discount Medical Plan Organizations|
|2004||HB 1A||Early Learning|
|2004||HB 155||Firearm Records|
|2004||HB 19A||Hurricane-Relief Funding|
|2004||HB 11A||Restoration of Educational Facilities Damaged by Hurricanes in 2004|
|2005||HB 1697||Highway Safety|
|2005||HCB 6001||Hurricane Preparedness|
|2005||HB 691||Military Personnel on Duty|
|2005||HB 279||Student and Parent Rights|
|2005||HB 955||Waterfront Property|
|2006||HB 1325||Controlled Substances|
|2006||HB 7079||Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles|
|2006||HB 1567||Eminent Domain|
|2006||HJR 1569||Eminent Domain|
|2006||HB 1123||Government Accountability|
|2006||HB 47||Hurricane Preparedness|
|2007||CS/HB 1603||City of Pensacola|
|2007||HB 143||Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission|
|2007||HB 1601||General Pension and Retirement Fund of the City of Pensacola, Escambia County|
|2007||CS/HB 73||Labor Organizations|
|2007||CS/HB 1051||Property Tax Exemptions for Totally and Permanently Disabled Persons|
|2008||CS/HB 1027||Funding for State Veterans’ Homes|
|2008||HB 85||Lewd or Lascivious Molestation|
|2008||CS/HB 337||Management of Historic Pensacola Properties|
|2008||CS/HB 559||Material Harmful to Minors|
|2008||CS/HB 321||Murder of Law Enforcement Officers|
|2008||HB 61||Offenses Against Officers|
|2009||HB 73||Expedited Permitting Process for Economic Development Projects|
|2009||CS/HB 115||Sexual Offenders & Predators|
|2009||CS/CS/HB 179||Property Appraisers|
|2009||CS/HB 281||Prepaid College Programs|
|2009||CS/CS/HB 453||Tax Credits for Contributions to Nonprofit Scholarship-Funding Organizations|
|2009||CS/CS/HB 485||Fast Track Economic Stimulus for Small Business|
|2009||CS/HB 7123||Military Base Closures|
- "Florida Senators: Greg Evers". January 16, 2011. Quizlet. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- Dixon, Matt (April 12, 2011). "Florida gave away 2,094 state-owned trees to make room for billboards". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- Dixon, Matt (November 17, 2011). "Grand Jury Investigates State Senator over tree giveaway". Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- Dixon, Matt (February 12, 2012). "NRA got sweet deal on billboards from company at center of grand jury probe". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- Ledford, Paul (January 24, 2012). "Salter Advertising Right-of-Way Tree Removal". Grand Jury Presentment. Spring 2011: page 5. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
- Senator Evers Member Page, Florida State Senate
- Greg Evers - Florida House of Representatives Profile
- Greg Evers - Official Site