State Rep. Evans wins Fattah’s US House seat in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania State Rep. Dwight Evans at the state Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA. (Courtesy: pahouse.com)

Longtime Democratic state Rep. Dwight Evans has won the election to the U.S. House to fill the Philadelphia-area seat of convicted former Congressman Chaka Fattah.

Evans also won a special election to fill Fattah’s unexpired term.

Evans beat Republican James Jones in Tuesday’s election and special election in the heavily Democratic district.

The 62-year-old Philadelphian has served 36 years in the Pennsylvania House, including a stint as the powerful Appropriations Committee Chairman. Evans beat Fattah in the April 26 primary.

Fattah had held the seat for nearly 22 years. He resigned June 23 after he was convicted on federal charges of using federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an illegal $1 million loan to his 2007 failed mayoral campaign and to help family and friends.

Several aides and advisers were also convicted. Fattah is appealing and awaiting sentencing.

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