According to a statement from his office, Democratic US Representative Donald McEachin from Virginia passed away on Monday. He was 61. His chief of staff, Tara Rountree, released a statement saying, “We are all grieved at the departure of our boss and friend, Congressman Donald McEachin.
“For years, we have watched him valiantly battle and overcome the side effects of his colon cancer diagnosis in 2013. He lost his struggle tonight, and the residents of Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District lost a hero who constantly stood up for them and prioritized their needs.
Rountree declared, “Our office will stay open and continue to serve our constituents until a new representative is elected. “Privacy is requested at this time by the family. The plans will be revealed over the next few days.
Following his service in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly, McEachin was initially chosen to represent the 4th Congressional District in Virginia in 2016. The Virginia lawmaker promoted changes to the nation’s gun laws, environmental regulations, and access to affordable healthcare in each capacity.
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In his victory speech from 2016, McEachin addressed the crowd, “This is a dream come, true folks.” We are aware that we are attempting to make history and that it is not always simple. McEachin, an American University alumnus with a degree in political science and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, is the son of an Army veteran and a public school teacher.
Tonight, I am mourning my friend, colleague, and mentor Congressman Donald McEachin.
He was a good man who endeavored to make others feel important and heard whether in the courtroom, the General Assembly, the U.S. Congress, or simply in a quiet moment.
— Rep. Abigail Spanberger (@RepSpanberger) November 29, 2022
According to his House biography, he also earned a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology. People who knew McEachin expressed their condolences upon hearing of his passing.
“Don McEachin was a fighter to the end. In spite of his recent struggles with cancer and other difficulties, he never lost sight of social and environmental justice, Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia tweeted. “Virginia has lost a great leader tonight, and I have lost a wonderful friend,” the speaker said.
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, praised McEachin as an excellent public servant in a similar manner. “I first met Donald McEachin in 1985, and we hit it off right away. In his tweets, Kaine referred to himself as “a gentle giant, a compassionate advocate for underdogs, a climate warrior, a Christian example, an understanding father, a proud husband, and a devoted brother.”
Meanwhile, McEachin was referred to as a “great friend, husband, and father” by Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly. “An environmentalist, a supporter of civil rights, a devoted employee of the government, and a man of substance. There was no more ideal ally. He will be sorely missed, Connolly tweeted.
While McEachin worked to address global issues like climate change while serving in Congress, he also talked about local needs earlier this month at his reelection victory celebration. At the time, he told reporters, “We need to make sure we can provide basic services to our region.
According to his House biography, McEachin was a lifelong member of both the NAACP and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Additionally, he held memberships in the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the Virginia State Bar. McEachin’s wife Colette and three grown children are left behind.