Noreen M. Evans Edit Profile
Evans attended California State University, Sacramento, graduating in 1978 with an undergraduate degree in government. She then attended the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, graduating with a J.D. in 1981. After graduation, she studied international business at the University of Salzburg and worked in Ireland at a Dublin firm of solicitors.
As a Democrat, she represented the 2nd district, encompassing Humboldt, Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties, as well as parts of Sonoma and Solano counties. Private law
In 1982, Evans was admitted to the California bar. In the United States, she practiced law as a civil litigator, arguing cases before both trial and appellate courts.
Evans began her political career in 1996, when she was elected to the Santa Rosa City Council. In March 2000 she lost to incumbent Tim Smith in a primary contest for the 3rd District seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, 52% to 48%. In November 2000 she was reelected to the city council.
When Evans completed her second city council term in 2004, the 7th Assembly District seat in the California State Assembly was open, because the incumbent, Pat Wiggins, was barred by term limits from seeking reelection. Evans ran for the seat and was elected in November 2004, and was re-elected in 2006 without facing any opposition. She was re-elected in 2008.
In 2010 she was barred by term limits from seeking reelection. In August 2009, Wiggins, who had been elected to the State Senate in 2006, announced that she would not run for re-election in 2010. Evans ran for the seat being vacated, and was nominated in June 2010 as the Democratic candidate.
Evans is the chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary Committee, which also includes a seat on the Judicial Council, the policy making body for all California courts. She also chairs the Senate Select Committee on Wine and the Senate Select Committee on Food: Local, Organic, and Sustainable Systems. On August 12, 2013, Evans announced that she would not be a candidate for reelection and that she would return to private law practice.
In January 2016 Evans entered the race for supervisor in Sonoma County's Fifth District.
Sonoma County and American Bar Associations. State Bar of California. Redwood Empire Trial Lawyers Association.
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Association of Defense Counsel.
Married Mark Fudem; children: Erin, Joel, Rachel.