Donald Evans

Donald Louis Evans ( born July 27, 1946 in Houston, Texas) is an American businessman and politician ( Republican). He was from 2001 to 2005 Minister of Commerce under President George W. Bush.


Evans attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering ( 1969) and a Master of Business Administration (1973 ) from. During his university years he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity of.

1975 Evans left Houston and moved to Midland, where he started for Tom Brown Inc., a large energy company to work; ten years later he took over the company and ran it until he joined the Bush cabinet in 2001.

He is married to Susan Marinis Evans and the couple have two daughters, a son and a granddaughter.

Political career

1995 Evans was by then Texas Governor Bush to the Board of the University of Texas system determines in the last four years, he was also Chairman of the Board. He engaged for eight years on the board of the Scleroderma Research Foundation, the driving force behind Native Vision, a program that provides services to 10,000 indigenous people, and worked with the United Way, a US-based group of organizations.

Evans led the election campaigns of 1994 and 1998, Governor Bush in Texas and the national election campaign of Bush and Dick Cheney in the presidential election of 2000. On 20 January 2001, the long-time friend of George W. Bush was sworn in as the 34th Minister of Commerce of the United States.

In the State of the Union in 2004 Evans was " Designated Survivor". In events where many people are gathered together, at least one to be in the event of a disaster Acting President stays away, (see also 25th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States).

On 9 November 2004, he announced that he is no longer in the second term of Bush available; his successor Carlos Gutierrez was sworn in on 7 February 2005.

More career

An offer for a leading position in the Russian oil company Rosneft, which he had intended to lead the IPO, he refused on 20 December 2005 on the grounds of having too little time off.

Public policy positions and objectives

The Republicans Evans believes in the forces of a liberalized market and the responsibility: " I believe that the government should not provide for prosperity, but the people. "

At international level, he sat down in his tenure as Minister of Commerce for the removal of trade restrictions in order to secure American leadership on the world market. His official travels took him to 26 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, to promote American exports and opening markets. Evans led trade delegations to the United States in talks with Russia, Mexico, China and African and South American countries.