Dwight Evans (politician)
|Dwight E. Evans|
|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|
|Succeeded by||Isabella Fitzgerald|
May 16, 1954 |
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||La Salle University|
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 long-standing incumbent Fattah during the Democratic nomination on April 26, 2016. Fattah later resigned amid a corruption scandal.
The special election and general election were on the same day, November 8, 2016. Evans won the general and special election to fill the seat following Representative Fattah's resignation. Therefore, Evans was sworn in on Monday, November 14, 2016. This led to Evans being sworn in earlier than other new members 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.
- 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
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|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
|Seniority in the U.S. House of Representatives