Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin dies at age 61

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U.S. Representative Donald McEachin, a Democrat from Virginia, died Monday, according to a statement from his office. He was 61.

“We are all devastated by the passing of our boss and friend, Congressman Donald McEachin,” his chief of staff Tara Rountree said in a statement. the explanation. Brave, we’ve watched him fight and triumph for years over the secondary effects of his 2013 colon cancer. Tonight he lost that battle, and the people of Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District lost a hero who always, always fought for them and turned them on the first place.”

“Until a new representative is elected, our office will remain open and we will continue to serve our constituents,” Rountree said.

“The family is requesting privacy at this time. Appointments will be announced in the coming days.”

McEachin was first elected to represent Virginia’s 4th congressional district in 2016 after serving in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly.

In each role, the Virginia legislator advocated reforms to U.S. gun laws, environmental protection, and affordable health care.

“This is truly a dream come true folks,” McEachin told his supporters in his 2016 victory speech. “We know we’re making history here and history doesn’t come easily.”

The son of an army veteran and a public school teacher, McEachin graduated from American University with a degree in political science and from the University of Virginia School of Law. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, according to his House biography.

The news of McEachin’s death brought warm memories from those who knew him.

“To the end, Don McEachin was a fighter. Even though he battled cancer and other trials in recent years, he never lost his focus on social and environmental justice,” Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia tweeted. “Virginia lost a great leader tonight and I lost a good friend.”

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia similarly praised McEachin as an exemplary public servant.

“I met Donald McEachin in 1985 – we became fast friends. A gentle giant, a compassionate champion for underdogs, a climate warrior, a Christian example, an understanding father, a proud husband, a loyal brother,” Kaine tweeted.

Democratic Representative Gerry Connolly, meanwhile, called McEachin a “noble friend, husband, and father.”

“An environmental activist, civil rights advocate, a loyal public servant and a man of distinction. There was no better ally. I will miss him terribly,” Connolly tweeted.

While McEachin sought to address global issues such as climate change during his time in Congress, he also spoke about local needs at his re-election victory party earlier this month. “We need to make sure we can provide basic services to our district,” he told reporters at the time.

McEachin was a lifelong member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the NAACP, his home biography said. He was also a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

McEachin is survived by his wife Colette and three adult children.

This story was updated on Monday with additional information.


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