Dwight Evans (politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
November 14, 2016
|Preceded by||Chaka Fattah|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 203rd district
January 4, 1981 – November 14, 2016
|Preceded by||James Jones|
May 16, 1954 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||La Salle University|
Dwight Evans (born May 16, 1954) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district. He defeated incumbent Chaka Fattah in the 2016 Democratic primary election, and won a special election on November 8, 2016, following Fattah's resignation from Congress. He previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 203rd District (Philadelphia County).
Early life and education
Evans grew up in the Germantown and West Oak Lane sections of Philadelphia  and is a graduate of the Community College of Philadelphia and La Salle University. After graduation, he became a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and a community activist for the Urban League.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Evans was first elected to office in 1980. The district, which encompasses West Oak Lane in Philadelphia, is heavily Democratic with a 95% African-American population. As a result, he had minimal GOP opposition in winning re-election to his seat.
Prior to his election to Congress, Evans ran for higher office four times unsuccessfully. In 1986, he sought the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor but finished third in the primary election to future Lieutenant Governor Mark Singel.
In 1994, Evans became the first African American candidate to seek the office of Governor of Pennsylvania. In the Democratic primary election, Evans faced off with Lynn Yeakel and Lt. Governor Singel. He won endorsements from The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Again, however, Evans finished third in the primary with 22%.
Evans made two runs for Mayor of Philadelphia. In 1999, in the race to succeed Ed Rendell, Evans finished fifth with 4.7% of the vote in a crowded primary won by John Street. In 2007, despite comments by Governor Rendell that Evans was the "best qualified" for mayor, he finished fifth again taking only 7.82% of the vote.
Evans was elected as the Democratic Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 1990  and served in that capacity until November 2010.
2016 U.S. House of Representatives campaign
He won the Democratic nomination on April 26, 2016, defeating Fattah.
Having also won the special election to fill the seat following Representative Fattah's resignation, Evans was sworn in on Monday, November 14, 2016.
- Former Board of Directors, Fox Chase Cancer Center
- Former Board of Trustees, Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System
- Former National Board of Directors, Black Alliance for Educational Options
- "Power: The Dwight Stuff? - Philadelphia Magazine". 20 March 2007.
- Carol Morello, Singel Emerges as Winner Over Flaherty and Evans, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 1986
- Michael DeCoursey Hinds, Pennsylvania's No. 2 Official Is Nominated for Governor, New York Times, May 11, 1994
- G. Terry Madonna, 1999 Philadelphia Mayoral Primary , Franklin and Marshall College, Center for Politics & Public Affairs
- Amy Worden, Rendell Likes Evans but Won't Endorse, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 3, 2007
- Certified Election Results, Committee of Seventy, June 18, 2007
- S.A. Paolantonio, The Quiet Connection, Philadelphia Magazine
- "Philadelphia Tribune Names City's 10 Most Influential African Americans".
- Brennan, Chris (November 4, 2015). "Dwight Evans says he'll challenge Fattah in '16". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- McCrone, Brian X. (April 27, 2016). "Fattah Concedes as Evans Scores Upset Win in 2nd Congressional Democratic Primary". WCAU. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- Tamari, Jonathan (November 15, 2016). "Dwight Evans sworn in to represent Philly-based 2nd District in U.S. House". Philly News. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives - Dwight Evans official PA House website
- Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus - Rep. Dwight Evans official Party website
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Dwight Evans (PA) profile
- Follow the Money - Dwight Evans
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
|Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 203rd District
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district
November 8, 2016 – present
|United States Representatives by seniority