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Secretary of State
Chief of Staff
Natl. Security Advisor
The Bush Administration
Donald L. Evans
He’s been George W.’s best friend since their early days in the oil business. But while Bush eventually left the oil industry for politics, Don Evans spent 25 years at Tom Brown Inc., a Denver-based oil and gas company. He was chairman and CEO of the $1.2 billion company and also sat on the board of TMBR/Sharp Drilling, an oil and gas drilling operation. Evans still found time to help Bush's political career, however. He assisted Bush with his failed congressional run, his two successful bids for governor of Texas and, finally, his race for the presidency. As Bush’s national finance chairman, Evans raised more than $100 million, breaking all previous fundraising records. Now, as commerce secretary, Evans manages export curbs, grants patents, and will even decide how the census results are to be tabulated. Evans also oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has direct control over the country’s coastline. The oceans are the source of 25 percent of the country’s domestic oil and 26 percent of its natural gas.
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