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Donald L. Evans
Senior Advisor

Donald L. Evans was the 34th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Secretary Evans was a core member of President George W. Bush’s economic team, advising the President on many issues, including pro-growth and job-creating economic policies, international trade and energy policy.


Born in Houston, Texas, in 1946, Mr. Evans attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1969 and an M.B.A. in 1973. In 1975, Secretary Evans moved to Midland, Texas from Houston and began his career as a “roughneck” working on oil rigs for Tom Brown, Inc, a public energy company. Ten years later, he took the helm of the company as CEO, continuing in that position until being tapped by the President to lead the Commerce Department.


Evans previously served as CEO of the Financial Services Forum, an economic policy association comprised of the CEOs of 20 of the largest and most diversified financial services institutions doing business in the United States. Evans resigned his post as CEO of Financial Services Forum at the end of 2007 in order to take on his current role as Chairman of the private utility company, Energy Future Holdings, formerly known as TXU Corporation. Evans also serves as Chairman of the George W. Bush Foundation for the George W. Bush Presidential Center located at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.


Secretary Evans has been very active in community service over the years. In 1995, Governor Bush appointed him to the Board of Regents of the University of Texas; he was elected Chairman of the Board in February 1997 and served two consecutive terms. Evans was a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation for eight years and was a driving force behind Native Vision, a program that provides services to about 10,000 Native American children. He was involved with the United Way for many years, serving as President of the Midland branch in 1989 and Campaign Chair in 1981.


In December 2001, the University of South Carolina awarded Evans an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. In September 2002, the University of Texas honored Evans with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. In November 2002, he was inducted into the University of Texas Red McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame. Secretary Evans has made significant contributions in local and national politics over the past 25 years, having worked on behalf of Governor Bush’s successful gubernatorial campaigns in 1994 and 1998, and serving as Chairman of the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign.

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