Paul Evans (Oregon)

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Paul Evans
Oregon House of Representatives, District 20
In office
January 12, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$22,596/year
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor of Monmouth
Jan. 1999 - Dec. 2002
Associate'sCentral High School, 1988
Bachelor'sWestern Oregon University, 1992
Master'sOregon State University, 2001
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1993-1997
Service branchOregon Air National Guard
Years of service1997-Jul 2010
ProfessionInstructor at Chemeketa Community College
Office website
Campaign website
Paul Evans is a Democratic member of the Oregon House of Representatives, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

He previously served as Mayor of Monmouth from Jan. 1999 - Dec. 2002.[1]


Evans earned his B.S. in Public Policy and Administration from Western Oregon University in 1992 and his M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Environmental Policy, Rhetoric and Social Influence, and American Politics) from Oregon State University in 2001. His professional experience includes working as a volunteer fireman with the Polk County Fire District #1, a teacher at Western Oregon University, Chemeketa Community College and Oregon State University and President of Northwest Passage Trading Company. He served in the United States Air Force from 1993-1997, and in the Oregon Air National Guard from 1997-Jul 2010.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Evans served on the following committees:

Oregon Committee Assignments, 2015
Business and Labor
Human Services and Housing
Veterans and Emergency Preparedness


Campaign themes


Evans' campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Jobs & Our Economy

  • Excerpt: "Reset of the Minimum Wage to at least $10.10/hour in 2015 (with annual cost of living adjustments)."
  • Excerpt: "Small business incubation with preference incentives for local development/ownership."

P-20 Educational Priorities

  • Excerpt: "QEM-Plus 3" baseline funding formula: implementation of Quality Education Model funding targets with additional above baseline support for community developed workforce development priorities."


  • Excerpt: "Capital reinvestments: critical infrastructure, support infrastructure, 22nd Century Priorities."
  • Excerpt: "Baseline standards for public safety staffing in at all levels of government in support of statewide resiliency planning, response, and recovery expectations."


  • Excerpt: "Comprehensive review of “smart growth” land use planning structures and systems (expansion of urban development toolkit)."


  • Excerpt: "Development of sustainable funding for Campus Veterans’ Service Officer program at all community colleges and public universities."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Paul Evans was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kathy Goss defeated James Owens, Karl Erickson and Terrence Taylor in the Republican primary. Evans also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Evans defeated Goss in the general election.[3][4]

Oregon House of Representatives District 20, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Evans 51.2% 12,400
     Republican Kathy B. Goss 48.1% 11,656
     None Miscellaneous 0.7% 165
Total Votes 24,221
Oregon House of Representatives, District 20 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Goss 51.6% 2,314
Karl Erickson 17.6% 789
Terrence Taylor 16.9% 760
James Owens 13.8% 621
Total Votes 4,484


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In 2014, Evans' endorsements included the following:[5]

  • American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 280
  • National Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) Pro-Choice Oregon
  • Oregon Black Political Convention
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters (OLCV)
  • Pacific Northwest Carpenters
  • United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555
  • United Steelworkers

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Political offices
Preceded by
Vicki Berger (R)
Oregon House of Representatives - District 20
Succeeded by