Jack Evans (D.C. politician)
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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 politician, lawyer, and insurance executive from Nanticoke, Pennsylvania 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. On June 8, 2013, Evans announced his candidacy for Mayor of the District of Columbia.
Early life, education, and family
Evans was raised in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania  and 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 currently serves as Of Counsel at Patton Boggs law firm., a position for which he receives $190,000 in yearly compensation in addition to his $125,000 council salary. Evans has a third job as an insurance executive for Central Benefits Mutual Insurance Co., a position that he started in 1999, pays $50,000 a year, and has tried to obscure from reporters.
Evans' first wife, Noel, died in September 2003 after a long battle with breast cancer. Over the next seven years, Evans raised his triplets as a DC Council member, lawyer and single father. On September 18, 2010, he married Michele Price. They currently live in Northwest Washington, D.C. with their six children (Katherine, John, & Christine - age 15; Sam - age 20; Maddy - age 18; and Jack - age 15) and their golden retriever Kelly.
Evans was first 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 District 2B in Dupont Circle. Evans was elected to serve as Chair of the ANC Commission from 1989-1990.
From 2001-2003, Evans served as Chair of Foundry United Methodist Church's annual AIDS fundraiser, raising more than $400,000.
In 2005, an Evans-controlled political action committee, “Jack PAC”, legally accepted unlimited donations from some of the city’s most connected lobbyists, developers, and business types. A billboard company that benefited from Evans-sponsored legislation gave $10,000. Under pressure from Linda Cropp, Evans disclosed that PAC money actually paid for China travel expenses of his friend, Marsha Ralls, a former beauty queen and Georgetown art gallery owner. Evans and the PAC initially argued that there was nothing improper about a PAC paying his friends’ way. Eventually, he paid for the trip out of his own pocket.
Evans has regularly used his constituent service funds to purchase tickets to sporting events. Other officials officials have said that they use the funds — also known as citizen service programs — to help needy constituents with rent and utility bills as well as unexpected expenses, such as funerals.  An inquiry by the Washington Post, identified that $135,897 was spent on sporting events while by comparison, $101,564 was directed toward charitable organizations.  In 2013, donations to the constituent services fund were probed by the Office of Campaign Finance to see whether regulations were broken. 
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. Under his direction, the District has balanced its budget for 11 consecutive years and improved from a B- to a AAA bond rating. Evans also serves on two standing Council committees - Economic Development and Public Safety and the Judiciary.
Jack Evans is regarded as a progressive for his social views.
Evans has been an ardent supporter of 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.
Evans has demonstrated a belief in the ability of sports to improve communities. He 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." Evans has stated that he believes that if he is elected Mayor, the Washington Redskins would ultimately return to Washington D.C.
In 2013, Evans voted against a censure of Marion Barry after he was found guilty of accepting unauthorized gifts from a city contractor. Evans said that he had “sympathy” for Barry in casting his vote. The Washington Post said he was "tone-deaf to principles of good government" and voiced speculation that the vote was made in hopes of securing Barry's support for his mayoral campaign.
Evans authored the Tax Parity Act of 1999, which included substantial reductions in income and property taxes for residents and businesses.
|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%|
- 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".
- Evans, Jack (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 (The Washington City Paper).
- "Elections 2004: Jack Evans". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- "Professionals: Jack Evans, Of Counsel". Patton Boggs LLP. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- "Jack Evans Launches Campaign for D.C. Mayor". DCist.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
- "Jack Evans’s mystery job revealed". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
- Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne (2006-06-18). "Still Hoping to Fit Love Into a Very Busy Schedule". The Washington Post. p. D3.
- "Prostate Screenings Can Save Lives". WRC-TV (NBC 4). 2007-09-24.
- Jaffe, Harry. The Washingtonian. http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/and-daddy-makes-four-jack-evans-and-his-triplets/
- Jack Evans Official Website http://www.jackevans.org/about/
- "D.C. Council’s Jack Evans paid for sports tickets from constituent fund, records show". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
- "Donations to Jack Evans constituent fund are under probe". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
- Colbert, Chuck. Breaking news: DC couples obtain marriage licenses http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=4589
- Seidel, Jeff. Q&A with D.C. Mayor Williams Mlb.com http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20041123&content_id=916128&vkey=news_was&fext=.jsp&c_id=was
- Ladson, Bill. D.C.'s team to be the Nationals Mlb.com http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20041121&content_id=915341&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=null
- "The D.C. Council’s moral moment rebuking Marion Barry". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-07.
- D.C. Council, Jack's Results. http://www.jackevans.org/results/
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 1996-09-10.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 1996-11-05.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 1998-09-25.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2000-09-22.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2000-11-17.
- Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2004-09-14.
- Certified Summary Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2004-11-18.
- Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2008-09-26.
- Certified Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. 2008-11-24.
|Council of the District of Columbia|
|Member of the Council of the District of Columbia
for the Ward 2 district