John V. Evans
|Governor of Idaho|
January 23, 1977 – January 4, 1987
|Preceded by||Cecil Andrus|
|Succeeded by||Cecil Andrus|
|Lieutenant Governor of Idaho|
January 6, 1975 – January 23, 1977
|Preceded by||Jack Murphy|
|Succeeded by||William Murphy|
|Born||John Victor Evans
January 18, 1925
Malad City, Idaho, U.S.
|Children||3 sons, 2 daughters |
|Residence||Malad City, now Burley|
|Alma mater||Stanford University, 1951|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon)|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Born in Malad, Idaho, Evans was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II. Following the war, he attended Stanford University and graduated in 1951. He and his wife, Lola, had five children: three sons and two daughters.
Evans returned to Malad after college to help run the family wheat and cattle ranch. He was elected to the state senate at age 27 in 1952 and re-elected in 1954 and 1956, serving as majority leader in his final term. In 1960, Evans became mayor of Malad City and served in that capacity until 1966. He returned to the state senate in 1968 and served as minority leader from 1969–74.
Evans was elected the 33rd lieutenant governor of Idaho in 1974. He became governor in January 1977 when Cecil Andrus accepted an appointment to become the Secretary of the Interior in the new Carter administration.
Evans finished Andrus' term and was elected governor in his own right in 1978, defeating Republican house speaker Allan Larsen of Blackfoot. Evans was the first (and only) Mormon to win election as governor in Idaho and joined Arnold Williams as the second Mormon to ever serve as Governor. He was re-elected in 1982, defeating Republican lieutenant governor Phil Batt of Wilder.
|1978||John Evans (inc.)||165,540||58.7%||Allan Larsen||114,149||39.6%||Others||4,877||1.7%|
|1982||John Evans (inc.)||187,640||52.9%||Phil Batt||166,911||47.1%|
After nearly a decade as a governor, Evans ran for the U.S. Senate in 1986, but was defeated by Republican incumbent Steve Symms of Caldwell. He was succeeded as governor by Andrus, who served two more terms, as the Democrats won six consecutive elections for governor in the state from 1970 to 1990.
|1986||John Evans||185,066||48.4%||Steve Symms (inc.)||196,958||51.6%|
- Hall, Bill (January 26, 1977). "John Evans: Hints of things to come". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 1.
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- "Our History". DL Evans Bank. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- Kenyon, Quane (October 11, 1987). "John Evans settling in as banker". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. p. B1.
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