“I was proud to have him by my side when I was eleted President. Above all, Lane was an American hero, a dear friend, and a beloved public servant of the people of Illinois.” — President Barack Obama

“Lane’s tireless advocacy on behalf of America’s veterans was just one of the many highlights of a long and distinguished career in the House of Representatives. Veterans, as well as millions of Americans, from across this country have benefited immensely from his efforts. He will be sorely missed.” — Senator Bernie Sanders

“It was my good luck to know and learn from Lane, who had the guts, smarts, and integrity to take on the bigshots, bastards, and BSers – and win! His career (and this book) show how an unabashed progressive can thrive for 24 years in a congressional swing district by being true to his core values and those of his diverse constituency. GUTS is also a touching narrative about Lane’s final years fighting Parkinson’s, revealing how even a former member of Congress can be battered by America’s corporate healthcare system.” — Progressive activist & broadcaster Jim Hightower

Journal and News

435 Mudslingers

"From time to time, I've been asked who I am running against. My reply has been that I'm not running against anyone, because I am running for an office and to represent people. The office I hold, and ask to retain, demands such an approach. With all the problems...

Restore Visions and Values

“During my time in Congress, I have tried to be an advocate for the hard-working people in our area: our family farmers, our small business owners and working people. It seems clear that our government has turned its back on the needs of average citizens as i t has...

Recollections – David Axelrod

"Lane was almost an impossible guy to dislike. That’s an unusual attribute in politics. Paul Simon had that quality as well. They liked him. He was a good and decent person, and Lane had the same qualities."  

Not a Fat Cat

Over the course of his 24-year career in Congress, Lane Evans returned nearly $360,000 of his salary to the government. Each year he’d write a check to the Internal Revenue Service for roughly $15,000. He chose to give it back to the government as a form of protest...

Recollections – Rep. Jan Schakowsky

“There were times when I would go up to Lane and ask: ‘Are you sure you want to do this? This might be a hard vote in your district.’ And he'd just look at me and say: ‘What are you talking about? This is the right vote!’ He had a fearlessness about him when it came...