Jack Evans (D.C. politician)
October 31, 1953 |
Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Jack Evans (born October 31, 1953) is an American Democratic Party politician and lawyer who has represented Ward 2 of Washington, D.C. on the Council of the District of Columbia since 1991. Evans is the D.C. Council's longest serving lawmaker. Evans entered the 2014 mayoral race, but lost in the Democratic primary.
Early life, education, and family
Evans was born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, the son of a florist and a school teacher. He received an economics degree 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 in 1978. He began practicing law in Washington, D.C. at the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Enforcement and is currently an of counsel attorney at the Squire Patton Boggs law firm.
As of June 2013[update], Evans received $190,000 in yearly compensation from Squire Patton Boggs in addition to his $125,000 council salary. During his time on the D.C. Council, Evans also worked as an insurance executive for Central Benefits Mutual Insurance Co., a position that paid $50,000 a year.
Evans's first wife, Noel, died in September 2003 after a long battle with breast cancer. Over the next seven years, Evans raised his triplets and on September 18, 2010, he married Michele Price, a former staffer of late Wyoming Republican Senator Malcolm Wallop.
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 council chairman and won. He had previously served as a member of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, representing ANC 2B in Dupont Circle. Evans was elected to serve as chairman of the ANC Commission from 1989 to 1990. He is currently the city council member 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).
On the City Council, Evans serves as chairman 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.
Evans served at the 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Democratic National Conventions, as well as the 2004 Howard Dean D.C. co-chairman; 1992 and 1996 Bill Clinton D.C. co-chairman; 2008 Hillary Clinton D.C. co-chairman; and D.C. Democratic Party treasurer from 1988 to 1991. He also served as board chairman for both the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments/COG (1995) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority/WMATA (1994 and 1997). In 2015, he again served as the D.C. representative on the WMATA board.  He held the council vice chairman position from 1999 to 2010.
Evans has been criticized for using his constituent service funds to purchase tickets to sporting events. Such funds are also used to help needy constituents with expected and unexpected expenses, such as funerals. The Washington Post calculated that Evans had spent $135,897 on sporting events and directed $101,564 toward charitable organizations over the previous decade. Evans explained that, as a major advocate of local sports, he used funds for the benefit of Little League Baseball teams and other constituents that cannot afford to attend sports events.
2014 mayoral campaign
Evans opened his campaign for mayor on June 8, 2013. By December 10, his campaign had raised over $1,000,000, making him the top fundraising candidate and the first to break the million-dollar mark. On January 27, the campaign had turned in more than 10,000 petition signatures, the largest collection of signatures by a mayoral candidate in the 2014 race. Evans finished in fourth place with 4,039 votes.
Evans supports gay rights. According to the 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.
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, and in the Council's 2004 decision to finance a stadium for the Washington Nationals.
In July 2012, Evans sponsored legislation to delay the direct election of D.C.'s attorney general. Voters had previously approved a charter amendment making the post an elected, rather than appointed, position. Evans expressed concern that the city was not ready for the scheduled 2014 vote, noting among other things that no candidates had emerged for the position. In June 2014, a federal appeals court invalidated the legislation and ordered that the vote take place as scheduled.
|Jack Evans (D) 78%|
|James McLeod (D) 21%|
|Jack Evans (D) 79%|
|Roger L. Moffatt (R) 21%|
|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%|
|Jack Evans (D) 66%|
|John Fanning (D) 18%|
|Pete Ross (D) 15%|
|Ray Avrutis (D) 1%|
|Jack Evans (D) 80%|
|Tom Briggs (STG) 20%|
|Jack Evans (D) 96%|
|Jack Evans (D) 82%|
|Jesse James Price, Sr. (R) 9%|
|Jay Houston Marx (STG) 8%|
|Jack Evans (D) 65%|
|Cary Silverman (D) 35%|
|Jack Evans (D) 82%|
|Christina Erland Culver (R) 17%|
|Jack Evans (D) 92%|
|Jack Evans (D) 97%|
- Committee on Finance and Revenue (Chair)
- Committee on Economic Development
- Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary
- "Council Period 17 Appointment of Chairperson Pro Tempore, Committee Chairpersons, and Committee and Membership Resolution of 2007" (PDF).
- "District of DeBonis". The Washington Post.
- 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.
- 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).
- "Elections 2004: Jack Evans". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- "Professionals: Jack Evans, Of Counsel". Patton Boggs LLP. Retrieved April 6, 2008.
- "Jack Evans Launches Campaign for D.C. Mayor". DCist.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- DeBonis, Mike (November 21, 2011). "Jack Evans’s mystery job revealed". Washington Post. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne (June 18, 2006). "Still Hoping to Fit Love Into a Very Busy Schedule". The Washington Post. p. D3.
- "Prostate Screenings Can Save Lives". WRC-TV (NBC 4). September 24, 2007.
- Jaffe, Harry (July 1, 2008). "And Daddy Makes Four: Jack Evans and His Triplets". The Washingtonian.
- "Jack & Michele Evans Modern Family". The Georgetowner. May 12, 2012.
- "Jack Evans". Council of the District of Columbia. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
- Noble, Andrea (January 14, 2015). "Silence on deadly Metro incident riles commuters". washingtontimes.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- Alpert, David (January 14, 2015). "Cheh keeps oversight of transportation, but Jack Evans will sit on the WMATA Board". Greater Greater Washington. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- Craig, Tim; Stewart, Nikita (August 21, 2011). "D.C. Council's Jack Evans paid for sports tickets from constituent fund, records show". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
- Ben Nuckols (August 30, 2013). "D.C. Council member Jack Evans under ethics inquiry". washingtontimes.com. Associated Press. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
- Sommer, Will. "Swagger Jack". Washington City Paper.
- "Evans Surpasses 1 Million Mark, Leads Pack In Mayoral Fundraising", DCist.
- "Seven Democrats file petitions for D.C. Mayoral primary", Washington City Paper
- "Who Had the Priciest Mayoral Campaign?". Washington City Paper. Retrieved May 28, 2014.
- Meet the Allies, Washington Blade, June 7, 2012.
- Colbert, Chuck. "Breaking news: DC couples obtain marriage licenses"
- Seidel, Jeff. "Q&A with D.C. Mayor Williams", Mlb.com.
Ladson, Bill. D.C.'s team to be the Nationals", Mlb.com.
- "D.C. Council delays first election of attorney general". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 6, 2014.
- "D.C. Council Postpones Attorney General Election to 2018". The Legal Times. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
- "Appeals court restores D.C. attorney general election". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 14, 2014.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 10, 1996.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. November 5, 1996.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 25, 1998.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 22, 2000.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. November 17, 2000.
- Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 14, 2004.
- Certified Summary Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. November 18, 2004.
- Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 26, 2008.
- Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. November 24, 2008.
- Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. November 23, 2014.
- Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 23, 2014.
|Council of the District of Columbia|
|Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
for the Ward 2 district