Jack Evans (D.C. politician)
|Member, Council of the District of Columbia
from Ward 2
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 a lawyer for Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Representing Ward 2 of Washington, D.C. since 1991, Evans is the D.C. Council's longest serving lawmaker and a two-time mayoral candidate. Evans serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
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.
Evans married Noel Soderberg in 1994. She died in September 2003 after a long battle with breast cancer. He married Michele Price in 2010, but as of January 2016, he is no longer married. He is the father of triplets. Evans has attended the Christ Church in Georgetown and the Foundry Methodist Church in Dupont Circle for which he served as Chair of the annual AIDS fundraiser from 2001–03.
Evans was 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 was sworn in on May 13, 1991. He had previously served as a member of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B in Dupont Circle. Evans was elected to serve as chairman of the ANC from 1989 to 1990. He is currently the District 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 District 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 20 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 was a delegate 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 served as board chairman for the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments/COG. In 2017, Evans attended the parade for the inauguration of Donald Trump. 
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.
During his time on the D.C. Council, Evans has also worked as an insurance executive for Central Benefits Mutual Insurance Co., and from 2001 until 2015 was of counsel attorney at the Squire Patton Boggs law firm. In October 2015, Evans became Counsel to the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.
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.
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 2016, Evans stated that he opposed proposed legislation that would impose a cap on public funding for a new Wizard's practice facility.
Evans has repeatedly called to remove the Council of the District of Columbia from voting on contract awards, a process that as the Washington Post characterizes, "practically invites losing bidders and their lobbyists to attempt an end run." Evans has introduced legislation to ban Council involvement with procurement multiple times and described the practice as "a recipe for mischief."
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.
Evans favors the return of the Washington Redskins to the District of Columbia, and has said that neither the personality of the team's owner, Daniel Snyder nor the controversy over the team's name, should be relevant to that effort. As he explained, "whatever it's called, whoever owns it is not relevant, because that will change over time."
In 2016, the D.C. Council considered legislation that would provide paid family and medical leave to employees in the District of Columbia and fund the benefits by new taxes on all District businesses. Evans opposed the new tax, calling the proposed legislation an "absurdity" because most of the benefits would be received by residents of neighboring Maryland and Virginia, not the District, whose businesses would be taxed. As an alternative, Evans co-introduced legislation which would have afforded the same paid leave, but in lieu of a tax, would have required private employers to pay employees for the time off. Although supported by the Mayor and major business groups, the alternative failed, and the original proposal passed the Council by a vote of 9-4.
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Evans has twice served as the Primary Director from the District of the Columbia on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, first from 1993–1999 and again from 2015–present. He has served as Chairman of the Board three times (1994, 1997, and 2016). During his current tenure, Evans advocated for reform of the agency and additional funding from the federal government. In November 2016, Evans urged that Metro's challenges should be addressed by a federal takeover, in an arrangement akin to the control board that rescued the District from financial crisis in the 1990s. Evans stated that Metro's current 16 member board was cumbersome and unworkable. Evans also cautioned that establishment of a control board would face major legal and political challenges, and acknowledged that the proposal was unlikely to win much backing.
Evans currently serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Finance and Revenue (Chair)
- Committee on Transportation and the Environment
- Committee on Business and Economic Development
- Committee on Government Operations
|Jack Evans (D) 31%|
|Jim Zais (D) 27%|
|Bill Cochran (D) 11%|
|Clarene Martin (D) 11%|
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|Herbert Coles () 13%|
|Nathaniel Adams () 7%|
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|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%|
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|Tom Briggs (STG) 20%|
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|Jesse James Price, Sr. (R) 9%|
|Jay Houston Marx (STG) 8%|
|Jack Evans (D) 65%|
|Cary Silverman (D) 35%|
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|Christina Erland Culver (R) 17%|
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|Muriel Bowser (D) 43%|
|Vincent Gray (D) 33%|
|Tommy Wells (D) 13%|
|Jack Evans (D) 5%|
|Andy Shallal (D) 3%|
|Vincent Orange (D) 2%|
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- "Council Period 17 Appointment of Chairperson Pro Tempore, Committee Chairpersons, and Committee and Membership Resolution of 2007" (PDF).
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- "District of DeBonis". The Washington Post.
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- 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.
- King, Colbert (February 18, 2014). "A soul-stirring performance by D.C. mayoral candidates". The Washington Post.
- "Jack Evans". Council of the District of Columbia. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
- Stroup, Dave (19 September 2010). "Sunday Questions With Jack Evans". DCist. Washington, DC. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
- "Evans Takes D.C. Oath". The Washington Post. May 14, 1991. p. B2.
- Jamison, Peter (19 January 2017). "Only 3 of 13 D.C. Council members to attend inauguration parade". The Washington Post. Washington DC. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
- Associated Press (20 January 2017). "3 DC Council Members, Mayor to Watch Inaugural Parade". NBC Washington. Washington DC. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
- 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.
- DeBonis, Mike (November 21, 2011). "Jack Evans's mystery job revealed". Washington Post. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- Sommer, Will (May 19, 2016). "Jack Evans Remains King of the Shady Arrangement". Washington City Paper. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
- Craig, Tim; Stewart, Nikita (August 21, 2011). "D.C. Council's Jack Evans paid for sports tickets from constituent fund, records show". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
- Ben Nuckols (August 30, 2013). "D.C. Council member Jack Evans under ethics inquiry". The Washington Times. Associated Press. Retrieved September 2, 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.
- O'Connell, Jonathan (March 1, 2016). "D.C. Council member proposes spending cap for Wizards facility". Washington Post.
- Board, Editorial (2015-05-04). "Get the D.C. Council out of the procurement process". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
- "Jack Evans to propose curtailing D.C. Council power over city contracts". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
- "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.
- "D.C. Council Member Jack Evans says Redskins name shouldn't be roadblock to a Washington stadium". Retrieved September 14, 2015.
- Peter Jamison (December 6, 2016). "D.C.'s expansive family and medical leave policy advances". Retrieved December 6, 2016.
- Peter Jamison (December 19, 2016). "Two D.C. Council members propose radical revisions to paid family leave bill". Retrieved December 19, 2016.
- Peter Jamison (December 20, 2016). "D.C. Council votes for expansive paid family and medical leave for private-sector workers". Retrieved December 20, 2016.
- DiCaro, Martin (28 January 2016). "Jack Evans Elected Chair Of Metro Board In Unanimous Vote". Washington, DC: WAMU. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
- Powers, Martine (6 August 2016). "For lawmakers, Metro's recent woes mean tougher prospects on the Hill". Washington Post. Washington, DC. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
- McCartney, Robert (2 November 2016). "Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans urges federal takeover of transit system". Washington Post. Washington, DC. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
- Sanchez, Rene (1991-05-01). "EVANS TAKES NARROW WIN IN WARD 2". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
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- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. September 22, 2000.
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- 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.
- Final and Complete Election Results. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics. April 1, 2014.
|Council of the District of Columbia|
|Ward 2 Member, Council of the District of Columbia