Daniel J. Evans

Daniel Jackson Evans ( born October 16, 1925 in Seattle, Washington ) is a former American politician. He was from 1965 to 1977 the 16th Governor of Washington and represented this state in the U.S. Senate.

Early years and political rise

Daniel Evans came from a resident since 1859 in what is now Washington State family. He attended Roosevelt High School and studied until 1949 at the University of Washington. His study was interrupted by the Second World War, in which he took part as a naval officer in the Pacific. During the Korean War he was involved as a staff officer at the Panmunjom truce negotiations. In 1953, Evans left the military to work as an architect.

Between 1956 and 1964, Evans was Republican congressman in the House of Representatives from Washington. There he functioned since 1960 to 1964 leader of the opposition ( Minority Leader ). In 1964 he was elected as a candidate of his party for Governor of Washington, where he prevailed with 56:44 percent of the vote against incumbent Albert Rosellini.

Governor of Washington

Evans took up his new post on January 11, 1965. After he was confirmed in each case in the years 1968 and 1972 by the voters in his office, he was able to govern a total of 12 years until 12 January 1977 as governor. He is still the only governor of Washington, has completed three consecutive terms of office.

As Governor, he reformed the school system. But his greatest services he acquired in the field of environmental protection. He entered against the pollution of air and water, trying to reclaim landscapes that were degenerated by the earlier mining. At that time some new natural and recreational parks created. Significantly, the first nationwide Ministry of the Environment ( Department of Ecology ) was established under Governor Evans. Daniel Evans was a member of several associations governor. He soon became so well known that he was multiple times in the Republican Party as a vice presidential candidate in the interview.

U.S. Senator

Even after the end of his governorship Evans remained politically active. Between 1977 and 1983 he was president of Evergreen State College in Olympia. Between 1983 and 1989 he represented his state in the U.S. Senate in Washington DC; he went there to succeed the late " Scoop" Jackson, whose term of office he finished. For re-election in 1988, he joined not to. After his time in the U.S. Congress Evans founded a consulting firm. Between 1993 and 1997 he was also a member of the Board of the University of Washington. Daniel Evans is married to Nacy Ann Belkl, with whom he has three children.