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Name: Donald Louis Evans                                                                 
Born: 27 July 1946                                                                       
Donald Louis Evans (born July 27, 1946) was the 34th U.S. Secretary of Commerce.         
He was appointed by his longtime friend George W. Bush and sworn into office on         
January 20, 2001. On November 9, 2004, the White House announced that Evans             
intended to resign by the end of January 2005, surprising many who believed he           
would remain in the Bush cabinet under a different position.                             
Donald Evans was chosen to be the Non-Executive Chairman of TXU Energy,                 
following the completion of its acquisition by KKR and Texas Pacific Group.             
Born in Houston, Texas, Secretary Evans attended the University of Texas at             
Austin, receiving a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1969 and an MBA in 1973.           
While at UT, he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the Sigma Alpha Epsilon         
In 1975, Secretary Evans moved to Midland, Texas from Houston and began                 
roughnecking on an oil rig for Tom Brown Inc., a large independent energy               
company now based in Denver. Ten years later he took the company over as CEO and         
continued running it until becoming Commerce Secretary.                                 
Secretary Evans currently serves as CEO of the Financial Services Forum, a trade         
association representing the CEOs of financial services firms dedicated to               
promoting policies that encourage an open and competitive global marketplace.           
In 1995, Evans was appointed by then-Governor Bush to the Board of Regents of           
the University of Texas System, serving as Chairman of the Board for the last           
four years. He was a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation for 8           
years and a driving force behind Native Vision, a program that provides services         
to some 10,000 Native American children. He has been involved with the United           
Way of America for many years, serving as President in 1989 and Campaign Chair           
in 1981. He has been named Jaycees Man of the Year.                                     
Secretary Evans has made significant contributions in local and national                 
politics in the past 25 years having worked for Governor Bush's successful               
gubernatorial campaigns in 1994 and 1998, and serving as Chairman of the Bush/Cheney     
2000 campaign. During President Bush's 2004 State of the Union he was the               
designated survivor and spent the night in a secure undisclosed location. In the         
event of an attack on the Capitol he would have become Acting President.                 
On November 9, 2004, Don Evans submitted his resignation from the post of               
Secretary of Commerce to President Bush, though he stayed until his successor           
was sworn in on February 7, 2005.                                                       
The New York Times reported on Saturday, May 26, 2006 that Evans had emerged as         
the front-runner to take over the Treasury Department pending John W. Snow's             
then rumored resignation. However, on May 30, Henry Paulson was nominated to             
replace Secretary Snow.                                                                 
He currently heads up the committee to determine a location for the presidential         
library to be built for George W. Bush upon the latter's leaving office.                 
He is married to Susan Marinis Evans. They have two daughters, a son and a