Representative Paul Evans was born in Salem, Oregon and raised nearby in the small town of Monmouth, thus he has been an Oregonian his entire life. Evans graduated from Central High School in Independence, Oregon in 1988. At age 18, he 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 ran for the Oregon Senate, during which he was recalled to active duty in Afghanistan in October of 2006. Upon his return, 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 to establish Mayberry Enterprises (a policy consulting business) and Northwest Passage Trading Company (an import/export business).
Paul Evans continues to teach communications, politics, and veterans' policy as an adjunct professor at public colleges and universities throughout the Willamette Valley, as well as being a full-time Speech Communication professor at Chemeketa Community College. On January 12th 2015, Paul Evans was sworn in as House Representative for District 20. As the elected Representative of House District 20, Paul Evans will be utilizing his expertise in business, education, public safety, and the military to ensure that the Oregon government provides growing opportunities; provides a safe environment; protects our basic rights; and promotes the future while providing in the Present.