Jack Evans (D.C. politician)

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Jack Evans
Personal details
Born (1953-10-31) October 31, 1953 (age 60)
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh

Jack Evans (born October 31, 1953) is an American Democratic politician, lawyer, from Nanticoke, Pennsylvania who has represented Ward 2 of Washington, D.C. on the Council of the District of Columbia since 1991.[1] Evans is the D.C. Council's longest serving lawmaker.[2] Evans entered the 2014 mayoral race but lost in the Democratic primary.[3]

Early life, education, and family

Evans was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania[4], the son of a florist and a school teacher. He received an economics degree[5] with honors (cum laude) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law[5] in 1978. He began practicing law in Washington D.C. at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement and currently serves as Of Counsel at Squire Patton Boggs law firm.[6]

As of June 2013, Evans received $190,000 in yearly compensation from Squire Patton Boggs in addition to his $125,000 council salary.[7] During his time on the D.C. Council, Evans also worked as an insurance executive for Central Benefits Mutual Insurance Co. a position which paid $50,000 a year.[8]

Evans's first wife, Noel, died in September 2003 after a long battle with breast cancer.[9][10] Over the next seven years, Evans raised his triplets[11] and on September 18, 2010, he married Michele Price, a former staffer of late Wyoming Republican Senator Malcolm Wallop.[12]

Public service

Evans began a two-decade long career in public service when elected to the D.C. Council in 1991 in a Special Election to replace John A. Wilson, who had run for chairman and won. He had previously served as an ANC Commissioner, representing ANC 2B in Dupont Circle. Evans was elected to serve as Chair of the ANC Commission from 1989-1990.[13] He is currently the councilmember of Ward 2, including: Chinatown, Logan Circle, Blagden Alley, Dupont Circle, Sheridan-Kalorama, Foggy Bottom, West End, Georgetown, Burleith, Hillandale and Downtown Washington (including the White House and the National Mall).[13]

On the City Council, Evans serves as Chair of the Council's Committee on Finance and Revenue, which oversees the District's finances and tax policy. The city has balanced its budget for 15 consecutive years and improved from a B- to a AAA bond rating. Evans authored the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Schedule H reforms.[13]

Evans served at the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 Democratic National Conventions, as well as 2004 Howard Dean DC Co-Chair; 1992 & 1996 Bill Clinton DC Co-Chair; 2008 Hillary Clinton DC Co-Chair; and DC Democratic Party Treasurer from 1988-1991. He also served as Board Chair for both the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority/WMATA (1994 and 1997) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments/COG (1995). During his 22 years on the DC Council he held the Vice Chair position from 1999-2010.[13]

Evans has been criticized for using his constituent service funds to purchase tickets to sporting events.[14] Such funds are also used to help needy constituents with expected and unexpected expenses, such as funerals.[14] An inquiry by the Washington Post, determined that Evans had spent $135,897 on sporting events and $101,564 toward charitable organizations over the prior 22 years.[14] Evans explained that, as a major advocate of local sports, he used funds for the benefit of Little League teams and other constituents that cannot afford to attend sports events.[15] A 2013 probe by the Office of Campaign Finance found no illegality.[16]

2014 mayoral campaign

Evans announced his campaign for mayor on June 8, 2013, in front of Le Diplomate, a restaurant on 14th Street.[17] "This area used to be known for drug dealing and prostitution," Evans mentioned as he acknowledged that though the city is home to people from all walks of life, the District has common goals and needs. During his candidacy announcement speech, Evans asserted that his “vision is necessary in order to establish Washington as one of the great cities of the world."[18] Evans praised fellow candidate and incumbent mayor Vincent C. Gray and could not find one reason to criticize him. Evans emphasized that he is not running a campaign against Gray, but rather running a campaign to become mayor of the District of Columbia.[19]

Campaign manager Josh Brown said that his strategy was to plaster the city with Evans signs."[20][21] By December 10 2013, the Evans campaign had raised over $1,000,000, making Evans the top fundraising candidate and the first to break the million-dollar mark.[22] Evans had received "bundled" donations thanks to a loophole in the law that allowed business owners to use companies under their control to make multiple donations to a single candidate.[23] Evans previously voted in favor of a bill to close the loophole but it will not take effect until 2015.[23] In response to the fundraising news, Evans comments that “the support I am receiving throughout the city at public events and private homes is solid,” and that his “campaign is about bringing quality jobs and more economic opportunities to residents in every part of this city—that message is resonating with voters.”[22]

At January 27, 2014, the Jack Evans for Mayor campaign had turned in petition signatures in excess of 10,000, the largest collection of signatures by a mayoral candidate in the 2014 race.[24]

Evans finished in fourth place with 4,039 votes.[25]

Political positions

LGBT rights

Evans supports gay rights. According to Lou Chibbaro Jr. of The Washington Blade, "Evans has been the lead sponsor or co-sponsor of virtually every LGBT- supportive bill that has come before the legislative body." In 2009, Evans co-sponsored the bill that legalized same-sex marriage in D.C. The nation's capital became the first jurisdiction in the United States south of the Mason–Dixon line to allow same-sex couples to marry.[26]

In 2014 ratings by the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, Evans was ranked third among DC mayoral candidates for his support to gay rights issues.[27]

Jobs and economic development

Evans supported the Verizon Center which opened in 1997 in his Ward, which became home to the Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Washington Capitals as they moved from suburban Maryland to downtown Washington D.C. He played a key role in the negotiations that brought the Montreal Expos franchise to Washington, D.C. in 2005. Discussing the November 2004 vote to finance a stadium for the Washington Nationals, then- Mayor Anthony Williams said, "I think that history will judge that Jack Evans played a huge role in this."[28][29]

Evans authored the Tax Parity Act of 1999, which included substantial reductions in income and property taxes for residents and businesses.[30][31]

Election history

1996 Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 2, Primary Election[32]

Jack Evans (D) 78%
James McLeod (D) 21%
Write-in 1%

1996 Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 2, General Election[33]

Jack Evans (D) 79%
Roger L. Moffatt (R) 21%
Write-in 1%

1998 Mayor of the District of Columbia, Democratic Primary Election[34]

Anthony Williams (D) 50%
Kevin P. Chavous (D) 35%
Jack Evans (D) 10%
Harold Brazil (D) 4%
Sylvia Robinson-Green (D) 0%
Jeff Gildenhorn (D) 0%
Osie Thorpe (D) 0%
Write-in 0%

2000 Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 2, Primary Election[35]

Jack Evans (D) 66%
John Fanning (D) 18%
Pete Ross (D) 15%
Ray Avrutis (D) 1%
Write-in 1%

2000 Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 2, General Election[36]

Jack Evans (D) 80%
Tom Briggs (STG) 20%
Write-in 1%

2004 Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 2, Primary Election[37]

Jack Evans (D) 96%
Write-in 4%

2004 Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 2, General Election[38]

Jack Evans (D) 82%
Jesse James Price, Sr. (R) 9%
Jay Houston Marx (STG) 8%
Write-in 0%

2008 Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 2, Primary Election[39]

Jack Evans (D) 65%
Cary Silverman (D) 35%

2008 Council of the District of Columbia, Ward 2, General Election[40]

Jack Evans (D) 82%
Christina Erland Culver (R) 17%
Write-in 1%


  • Committee on Finance and Revenue (Chair)
  • Committee on Economic Development
  • Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary


  1. ^ "Council Period 17 Appointment of Chairperson Pro Tempore, Committee Chairpersons, and Committee and Membership Resolution of 2007". 
  2. ^ "District of DeBonis". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Trip Gabriel (April 2, 2014). "D.C. Mayor Is Defeated in Upset at Primary; Muriel Bowser Defeats Mayor Vincent Gray in Washington Primary". The New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Alan Suderman (November 18, 2011). "Unhappy Jack: Jack Evans says this is the worst D.C. Council in his 20 year tenure. But is he actually making it better?". Loose Lips (Washington City Paper). 
  5. ^ a b "Elections 2004: Jack Evans". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  6. ^ "Professionals: Jack Evans, Of Counsel". Patton Boggs LLP. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  7. ^ "Jack Evans Launches Campaign for D.C. Mayor". DCist.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  8. ^ DeBonis, Mike (2011-11-21). "Jack Evans’s mystery job revealed". Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  9. ^ Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne (2006-06-18). "Still Hoping to Fit Love Into a Very Busy Schedule". The Washington Post. p. D3. 
  10. ^ "Prostate Screenings Can Save Lives". WRC-TV (NBC 4). 2007-09-24. 
  11. ^ Jaffe, Harry (July 1, 2008). "And Daddy Makes Four: Jack Evans and His Triplets". The Washingtonian. 
  12. ^ "Jack & Michele Evans Modern Family". The Georgetowner. 2012-05-12. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Jack Evans". Council of the District of Columbia. Retrieved 2014-08-15. 
  14. ^ a b c Craig, Tim; Stewart, Nikita (2011-08-21). "D.C. Council’s Jack Evans paid for sports tickets from constituent fund, records show". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  15. ^ Craig, Tim; Stewart, Nikita (2011-08-21). "D.C. Politics". The Washington Post. 
  16. ^ "Donations to Jack Evans constituent fund are under probe". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  17. ^ Sommer, Will. "Swagger Jack". Washington City Paper. 
  18. ^ "Jack Evans Launches Campaign for D.C. Mayor"
  19. ^ "Jack Evans Makes the Case for Vince Gray". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  20. ^ "The Needle: Back Up and Back Paid". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  21. ^ Will Sommer (2013-10-17). "Jack Evans Hits the Club - Loose Lips". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2014-08-14. 
  22. ^ a b "Evans Surpasses 1 Million Mark, Leads Pack In Mayoral Fundraising", DCist.
  23. ^ a b "D.C. Legislators Running For Mayor Exploit Loophole They Voted To Close". wamu.org. Retrieved 2014-01-28. 
  24. ^ "Seven Democrats file petitions for D.C. Mayoral primary", Washington City Paper
  25. ^ "Who Had the Priciest Mayoral Campaign?". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2014-05-28. 
  26. ^ Colbert, Chuck. "Breaking news: DC couples obtain marriage licenses"
  27. ^ Sommer, Will. "Gray, Wells Top LGBT Activist Rankings". Washington City Paper. 
  28. ^ Seidel, Jeff. "Q&A with D.C. Mayor Williams", Mlb.com.
  29. ^ Ladson, Bill. D.C.'s team to be the Nationals", Mlb.com.
  30. ^ D.C. Council, "Jack's Results".
  31. ^ "Tax Parity Act of 1999". DCWatch. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  32. ^ Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 1996-09-10.
  33. ^ Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 1996-11-05.
  34. ^ Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 1998-09-25.
  35. ^ Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2000-09-22.
  36. ^ Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2000-11-17.
  37. ^ Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2004-09-14.
  38. ^ Certified Summary Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2004-11-18.
  39. ^ Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2008-09-26.
  40. ^ Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2008-11-24.

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Council of the District of Columbia
Preceded by
John Wilson
Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
for the Ward 2 district