Dwight Evans (politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
Assumed office |
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|
|Succeeded by||Isabella Fitzgerald|
May 16, 1954|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Community College of Philadelphia|
La Salle University (BA)
Dwight E. Evans (born May 16, 1954) is an American politician of the Democratic Party serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district since 2016. He defeated incumbent Chaka Fattah in the Democratic primary election, and won a special election on November 8, 2016, following Fattah's resignation from Congress after he faced corruption charges. He previously served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 203rd district located in 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.
Early political career
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Evans was first elected to office in 1980. The district, which encompasses West Oak Lane in Philadelphia, was heavily Democratic with a 95% African-American population. As a result, he had minimal GOP opposition in winning re-election to his seat.
Evans was elected as the Democratic Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 1990  and served in that capacity until November 2010.
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. This time, Evans finished second 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
2016 special election
In November 2015, Evans announced that he would run for Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district in 2016 against Democratic incumbent Chaka Fattah. In an upset, Evans beat Fattah for the Democratic nomination–the real contest in this heavily Democratic, black-majority district–on April 26, 2016. He won mainly by running up his margins in his Olney-Oak Lane stronghold. Fattah later resigned amid a corruption scandal.
As a result, Evans ran in two elections on November 8, 2016–a special election for the balance of Fattah's sixth term, and a regular election for a full two-year term. Evans won both elections and was sworn in on Monday, November 14, 2016. This led to Evans having more seniority than other new members who won the 2016 Congressional election.
In August 2017, following the aftermath of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Evans and New York Representative Adriano Espaillat introduced legislation banning Confederate monuments on federal property.
- 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.
- S.A. Paolantonio, The Quiet Connection, Philadelphia Magazine
- "Philadelphia Tribune Names City's 10 Most Influential African Americans".
- 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
- 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.
- "Caucus Members". Congressional Progressive Caucus. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
- "Membership". Congressional Black Caucus. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
- Congressman Dwight Evans official US House website
- Dwight Evans for Congress official campaign website
- Dwight Evans at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Pennsylvania House of Representatives - Dwight Evans official PA House website (1981-2016)
|Pennsylvania House of Representatives|
| Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 203rd District
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district
November 8, 2016 – present
| Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives
|114th||Senate: B. Casey Jr. • P. Toomey||House: M. Doyle • C. Fattah (until Jun. 2016) • J. Pitts • B. Brady • B. Shuster • T. Murphy • C. Dent • M. Fitzpatrick • G. Thompson • L. Barletta • M. Kelly • T. Marino • P. Meehan • M. Cartwright • S. Perry • K. Rothfus • B. Boyle • R. Costello • D. Evans (from Nov. 2016)|
|115th||Senate: B. Casey Jr. • P. Toomey||House: M. Doyle • B. Brady • B. Shuster • T. Murphy (until Oct. 2017) • C. Dent (until May 2018) • G. Thompson • L. Barletta • M. Kelly • T. Marino • P. Meehan • M. Cartwright • S. Perry • K. Rothfus • B. Boyle • R. Costello • D. Evans • B. Fitzpatrick • L. Smucker • C. Lamb (from Apr. 2018)|