Representative Paul Evans was born in Salem, Oregon and raised nearby in the small town of Monmouth. He graduated from Central High School in Independence, Oregon in 1988. At age 18, Paul was elected to serve his community as a city councilor, becoming one of the youngest elected leaders in the nation. Like his cousin, father, and uncle had done before him, Paul joined the volunteer fire department and served with Polk County Fire District #1 while in college. Upon graduating from Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) in 1992, he enlisted with the United States Air Force.
Paul spent over four years on active duty serving with the 728th Air Control Squadron. Upon completion of his military commitment in 1997, he returned home to further his education, earning his Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with focuses in American Government, Environmental Policy, and Rhetoric at Oregon State University. He has led the city of Monmouth as Mayor, taught at Western Oregon University and Oregon State University, and has volunteered as a senior firefighter with Polk County Fire District #1.
Shortly after the September 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the 116th Air Control Squadron—Paul's Oregon Air National Guard unit—was recalled to active duty. After completing his tour and returning to Oregon, Paul was asked to join the senior policy staff of Governor Kulongoski. There, he served the Governor as a senior advisor for Emergency Management, Military, and Veterans' Affairs for over three years.
Paul departed the Governor's Office in April 2010 and entered the private sector as Chief of the Protection and National Security Division for High Impact Technology (HIT). His portfolio included oversight of emergency services equipment and infrastructure, product development, marketing, and sales. Paul left HIT in February 2012 and continued as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities throughout the Willamette Valley. He is now a full-time Speech Communication Professor at Chemeketa Community College.
Paul ran for the Oregon House of Representatives in 2014 and won a hard-fought race. On January 12th, 2015, he was sworn in as House Representative for District 20 and was re-elected in 2016. His priority issues include education, veteran services, small business vibrancy, and women's reproductive rights. He was honored to serve as the Chair of the House Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness during the 2017 Legislative Session.