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New Book about Former U.S. Congressman,
Tom Evans

Highlights achievements in conservation and bipartisanship
at a time when both are needed

GREENVILLE, DE, November 18, 2020Barriers: The life and legacy of Tom Evans is a new book by Lois Hoffman about former U.S. Congressman from Delaware, Tom Evans. With our nation divided between left and right, Barriers reflects on a time when politics worked in Washington. Tom Evans was the lone representative from Delaware in the 1970s and 80s and worked his way into the center of political power. He built coalitions of Democrats and Republicans, including the president, to pass major environmental legislation despite opposition from big-money lobbyists. The Coastal Barrier Resources Act, touted by the New York Times as “the most important environmental legislation no one has ever heard of,” and the Alaska Lands Act are among his most significant achievements while in Congress that protect vulnerable coastlines and pristine wilderness.

Even though he ran with the biggest names in Republican circles while in Congress, his influence extended before and far after his time there. Evans gave hundreds of speeches at various political and non-political venues to share wisdom and inspire his audiences. At 88, he continues to give interviews and pen op-eds to chastise politicians who are on the wrong path or tap the consciousness of the American people.

Barriers is a window into his life’s work. Filled with stories and photos of presidents, congressmen, fellow golfers, and family, this book reveals a man determined to use his gifts to make a difference. It speaks to a common-sense approach to legislation and consensus building in interactions with others that got lost in the last decades since he served.

Tom’s legacy is a message for those serving in political office and a call to citizens — use your voices before we cease to have them.  

“Tom Evans worked tirelessly in Congress and afterward as a lobbyist and advocate to protect wetlands essential to our coastline and wild lands in Alaska.  Evans reminds us all of the proud conservationist tradition of the Republican Party that dates back to Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower who built our national park system and preserved large tracts of national forests and wilderness.  Evans worked across the aisle to achieve great things in preserving America’s wild spaces and biodiversity, and his story is both important historically and an inspiration for our future.”

~ U.S. Senator, Chris Coons

The book can be purchased on and other online retailers. 


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