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Evan had always been inspired by public service and used the opportunity to immerse himself in the inner-workings of the State Legislature. It was not long before Evan began conducting policy research, recommending procedural maneuvers, conferring with stakeholders, and drafting legislation. Despite his young age, Evan quickly became respected by his peers and other senators for his political and policy acumen, wielded under Senator Gautreaux’s guidance to secure legislative victories for the betterment of Louisiana.
Evan’s commitment to Louisiana’s future outlasted his seven-year tenure at the legislature, and to this day he continues to advise legislators and stakeholders alike on policy, procedure, and strategy. For these reasons, among others, Evan proudly serves today as Chairman of the Legislation Review Committee of the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, ensuring the highest quality of care for families and communities from the state’s social work practitioners. In all, Evan has spent sixteen years working in and around the Louisiana Legislature – almost half of his life dedicated to making Louisiana a better place.
Evan is also an Adjunct Professor at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where he graduated with honors in 2011. While earning his law degree, Evan served as a member of both the Moot Court Board and the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, and as Chief Justice of the Loyola Law Honor Board. Evan is also a published author on the First Amendment and coaches the Loyola Moot Court Team at the annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC. Evan also represents Orleans Parish in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s House of Delegates, where he was elected in 2016 and reelected in 2018.
CARROLLTON • AUDUBON FRERET • BROADMOOR
Among his many accomplishments, Evan is most proud of his efforts to foster a new generation of young leaders in Louisiana through New Leaders Council (NLC), a progressive leadership development organization with fifty chapters nationwide. Evan served as the Louisiana Chapter Director for NLC for two years, training scores of young professionals in public service, entrepreneurship, advocacy, and other fundamentals of leadership. Today, Evan continues his work with NLC-Louisiana as Chapter’s Director Emeritus and as teaching faculty for the organization’s premier training program, the NLC Institute.
Evan has lived in District 98 for almost ten years and has been a proud homeowner for the past three. Like many in the district, he shares concerns about flooding and infrastructure and intends to gear his service in the legislature toward a brighter and more secure New Orleans. In his personal time, Evan is an avid member of the WHO DAT Nation, and enjoys LSU football, tennis, theatre, and simultaneously singing, dancing, and cooking in his kitchen. Like any red-blooded American, Evan spends his rainy day-downtime binge watching Netflix and Hulu. He is fluent in French, legalese, and sarcasm. You can also find him sharing food and drinks with friends, discussing policy at social events, or performing “Uncle Evvie” duties with his godchildren, nieces, and nephews.
When elected, Evan will be the first openly gay member of the Louisiana State Legislature. His coming-out story, however, is neither seamless nor orthodox. Growing up in rural South Louisiana, societal pressures kept Evan from openly acknowledging his sexuality well into his 20s. When he began law school, Evan was unsure whether his classmates would accept him for who he was, and so retreated into secrecy. Gradually, he opened up to friends and colleagues, always finding love and support where it was least expected. Today, Evan is not only out and proud, but also maintains membership in advocacy organizations through which he fiercely advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. Evan hopes that his candidacy and election will show others struggling with similar pressures that they are perfect as they are, and just as worthy of love, support, happiness, and success as anyone else.