Thomas B. Evans, Jr.
name = Thomas B. Evans,
honorific-suffix = Jr.
office = U.S. Representative from Delaware
January 3 1977
January 3 1983
Pierre S. du Pont, IV
Thomas R. Carper
birth_date = birth date and age|1931|11|5
birth_place = Nashville,
party = Republican
residence = Wilmington,
University of Virginia
Thomas Beverley Evans, Jr. (born
November 5 1931) is an American lawyerand politicianfrom Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He is a member of the Republican Party, who served three terms as U. S. Representative from Delaware.
Early Life and Family
Evans was born
November 5 1931in Nashville, Tennessee, attended the public schools of Old Hickory, Tennesseeand Seaford, Delaware, and graduated from Woodberry Forest Schoolin Orange, Virginiain 1947. He then graduated from the University of Virginiain 1953, and the University of Virginia Law School in 1956.
Evans was admitted to the
Virginiabar in 1956, then engaged in the insurance and mortgage brokerage business in Wilmington, Delawarefrom 1957 until 1968. He served in the Delaware National Guard from 1956 until 1960, as clerk to the Chief Justice of Delaware Supreme Courtin 1955, as director of the DelawareState Development Department from 1969 until 1970, and co-chairman and chief operating officer of the Republican National Committeefrom 1971 until 1973. He is presently a member of law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillipsin Washington, D.C.He also serves as Chairman of the Florida Coalition for Preservation, a not-for-profit organization formed in April 2007 to promote responsible growth and protect coastal barrier islandsthrough the education of the public and other concerned groups.
United States Representative
Evans was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976, defeating Democrat Samuel L. Shipley. He won election three times in all, also defeating Democrats Gary E. Hindes in 1978 and Robert L. Maxwell in 1980. During these three terms, he served in the Republican minority in the 95th, 96th, and 97th Congress. He came to the U.S. Congress already a personal friend of U.S. Senator Robert J. Dole, and later became a personal friend of United States President
Ronald Reagan. He served on the U.S. House Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs and the U.S House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. In all, Evans served from January 3 1977until January 3 1983, during the administrations of U.S. Presidents James E. Carterand Ronald W. Reagan.
Evans was defeated in his attempt at a fourth term in 1982. This was due in large part to damage his reputation received resulting from a golfing trip scandal in 1980. At that time he was one of three members of the U. S. House of Representatives who went on a golfing trip to
Florida. Joining them was Paula Parkinson, a blonde lobbyist in her twenties who later hinted strongly in print that her lobbying techniques could be unusually tactile. Other lawmakers on the trip, including future Vice President Dan Quayle, all escaped with minor injuries to their reputations. Ms. Parkinson had posed nude for "Playboy" magazine and later left Washington.
Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1st. U.S. Representatives take office January 3rd, and have a two year term.
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