Cheryl A. Gray Evans

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Cheryl Artise Gray Evans (born 1968, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American lawyer and politician. She represented District 5 in the Louisiana Senate prior to her resignation in 2009. She formerly served in the Louisiana House of Representatives (District 98).[1]


After finishing Eleanor McMain Magnet Secondary Senior High School in New Orleans, Cheryl A. Gray proceeded to Stanford University, where she was a member of the track team and Delta Sigma Theta,[2] receiving her baccalaureate degree in 1990. She then returned to New Orleans and received her juris doctor from Tulane University's law school in 1993.

She practiced law with New Orleans' Gray & Gray Law Firm, which was started by her parents, her mother Ernestine S. Gray rising to the position of judge in the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court.[3]

Political career

Cheryl A. Gray Evans is a confidant with the reform faction of the Orleans Parish Democratic Party—the element frequently identified with the Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD) political organization which inexorably competes against William J. Jefferson and his Progressive Democrats.[4] Gray Evans defeated one of Jefferson's daughters, Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, for the Senate District 5 seat vacated by the term-limited Diana Bajoie, Jefferson's successor in the state Senate.[5] She is a critic of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's handling of recovery from Hurricane Katrina.[6]

Personal life

Cheryl A. Gray Evans' official state senate résumé lists a host of achievements, activities, awards, and memberships.[7] She attends Asia Baptist Church in New Orleans[8] and is married to former New Orleans television and radio news anchor/reporter Patrick Evans, who once served as Communications Director to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.[9]

Toward the end of 2009 Cheryl Gray Evans resigned from the legislature to join her husband, who had begun serving on active duty in Connecticut as a public affairs officer in the Navy.[10]


  1. ^ Gray Evans' bio[permanent dead link] on the Louisiana Senate site.
  2. ^ See List of Delta Sigma Theta sisters. Her mother, Ernestine S. Gray, is also on that list.
  3. ^ Salzburg Global Seminar, 1999 April 25 – May 02 (accessed 2009 May 26).
  4. ^ See Rosalind Peychaud and cf. Stacy Head. Jefferson's political career declined when he was defeated for re-election to Louisiana's 2nd congressional district seat by Republican Joseph Cao in 2008 and convicted of 11 felonies in 2009.
  5. ^ Louisiana Secretary of State election returns for 2007 November 17.
  6. ^ Richard A. Webster, "Charity debate drags on as renovation talk surfaces" in New Orleans CityBusiness, 2008 September 29.
  7. ^ Gray Evans' bio on the Louisiana Senate site (accessed 2009 December 29).
  8. ^ Campaign bio.
  9. ^ Patrick Evans' résumé.
  10. ^ Peterson qualifies for state senate race, Times-Picayune, 2009 December 29, Saint Tammany Edition, p. B1.
Louisiana Senate
Preceded by
Diana E. Bajoie
Louisiana Legislature Senate District 5
(Orleans Parish)

Succeeded by
Karen Carter Peterson
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