Congressman Dwight Evans represents Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes Northwest and West Philadelphia and parts of North, South and Center City Philadelphia. He was first elected in a special election in November 2016. Before that, he served as a state representative for 36 years, and earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader who knows how to put public policy above politics and make ideas matter. He made history in 1990 when he became the first African-American chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, a position he held for two decades.
Throughout his public service career, Congressman Evans has worked tirelessly to expand and broaden access to economic and educational opportunities for all Philadelphians. He currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee and as vice chair of the Small Business Committee. He is also an at-large member of the executive committee of the Congressional Black Caucus. In his first term, he had one of his bills passed and signed into law, a true accomplishment for a freshman in the minority party. The new law is designed to reduce costs for small business owners who apply for a loan through the Small Business Administration. He also hosted a roundtable in Philadelphia on small business issues with then Ranking Member, now Chairwoman of the Small Business Committee, Nydia Velazquez.
In his first term, he also supported a criminal justice reform bill which became law, the First Step Act. His efforts also included hosting a roundtable on the subject in Philadelphia with then Ranking Member, now Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler. Congressman Evans is also a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
In the new Democratic-majority House, Congressman Evans is looking forward to advancing priorities such as protecting health care and reducing health disparities, and advocating for gun reform, criminal justice reform and economic development, including supporting small businesses.
A longtime resident of the West Oak Lane neighborhood, he is a graduate of Germantown High School, the Community College of Philadelphia and LaSalle University. Congressman Evans will keep working to rebuild Philadelphia, and America, block by block!