Congressman Dwight Evans is a freshmen member of Congress currently representing Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district. Congressman Evans was recently elected as the Democratic nominee for the 3rd congressional district.
After graduating from the Community College of Philadelphia and LaSalle University, Rep. Evans worked as a teacher in the School District of Philadelphia and then as a job developer for the Urban League of Philadelphia.
In 1980, Rep. Evans was first elected to the Pennsylvania State House from the 203rd Legislative District and took office at the age of 26. Rep. Evans made history in 1990 by becoming the first African-American Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He held the post for two decades, where he was instrumental in helping Philadelphia receive funding for economic development, job training, and education initiatives. In 2016, Rep. Evans defeated longtime incumbent Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah in a primary contest and went on to win the general election for Pennsylvania’s 2nd congressional district.
In his first term in Congress, Rep. Evans has proven to be a strong supporter on many issues of central importance to J Street. In October of 2017, he signed a letter led by Reps. Price and Deutch urging President Trump to recertify that Iran was complying with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and that the deal was in the United States’ national interest. He cosponsored H. Res. 23, which reaffirmed long- standing U.S. support for the two-state solution. He has also withheld support on legislation such as the Combating BDS Act of 2017 that blurred the distinction between Israel and the Palestinian territories. He similarly declined to support H. Res. 11, which objected to a United Nations Security Council resolution criticizing Israeli settlement expansion.