Congressman Dwight Evans is a two-term representative from Pennsylvania’s 3rd district (the 2nd before the 2018 redistricting). He sought election to Congress for the first time in 2016, defeating incumbent Chaka Fattah in a major upset in the Democratic primary. This followed a nearly four-decade-long career in the State House representing the 203rd district, a post he took up at the age of 26 – making history along the way by becoming the first African-American chairman of the body’s Appropriations Committee in 1990. Previously, Evans had worked as a teacher in Philadelphia and as a job developer for the city’s Urban League.
In his first term in Congress, Rep. Evans proved 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 longstanding 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. In his comparably short time in Congress, Representative Evans has shown that he values a diplomatic, peaceful approach to conflict resolution in the Middle East. He is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.