Donald L. Evans was appointed by President George W. Bush as the thirty-fourth US secretary of the commerce in 2001, serving until 2005. In this role, he was a strong advocate for the free-enterprise system, free and fair trade agreements, and responsible corporate stewardship. To encourage job creation, Evans worked closely with President Bush to reduce taxes, open markets for American goods and services, and promote a level playing field abroad. A trusted friend and advisor to Bush for more than four decades, Evans worked on his successful Texas gubernatorial campaigns in 1994 and 1998 and served as chairman of the 2000 Bush-Cheney presidential campaign.

Currently, Evans serves as chairman of the George W. Bush Foundation, as chairman of the Permian Strategic Partnership, and as senior advisor at Energy Capital Partners. From 2007 to 2018, Evans served as the chairman of Energy Future Holdings Company, formerly TXU Energy. Before joining the Bush administration, he was the CEO of Tom Brown Inc., a large independent energy company, for fifteen years.

In 1995, Evans was appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents, serving as chairman from 1997 to 2001. In 2002, he was named a University of Texas Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, inducted into the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Hall of Fame, and named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin. Evans was inducted as a Texas Business Hall of Fame Legend in 2014 and to the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor in 2019.

Evans attended the University of Texas at Austin, receiving a BS degree in mechanical engineering in 1969 and an MBA. in 1973. His passions in life are his faith, family, and friends. Don and his wife, Penelope Slade Evans, have a family of six children and seven grandchildren. They reside in Midland, Texas.  

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