Thursday, February 9, 2023

Capitol mourns death of Congressman Don McEachin

“We are devastated by the passing of our boss and friend, Congressman Donald McEachin,” his chief of staff, Tara Rountree, said in a statement. “Bravely, over the years, we have watched her fight and win the side effects of colorectal cancer since 2013. Tonight, he lost the fight, and the people of Virginia’s 4th Congressional District lost a hero who fought for them forever, forever. And put them first,” he said.He then announced that “until a new representative is elected, our office will remain open and continue to serve our constituents.”

On Thursday it was announced that “a funeral honoring the life and legacy of Congressman McEachin will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at St. Paul Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road, Richmond.

Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Cain gave a testimonial of his friendship with the late Congressman. “I met Donald McEachin in 1985 and we became fast friends. Ann and I went to a party in Richmond to celebrate his marriage to Colette. Our children were the same age, we married with Mark Warner a state ticket, and we’ve been on the Virginia federal delegation together for years. I was last with him three weeks ago on election night, celebrating his victory. He was a gentle giant, a compassionate champion of the downtrodden, A climate warrior, a Christian role model, an understanding father, a proud husband, a loyal brother.”

For its part, the Virginia Democratic Party said that “we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a dedicated Virginia politician, Congressman Don McEachin.”

“His loss is a tragedy for the country and our state, where Donald McEachin was a pioneer and leader, serving in the House of Representatives, the State Senate and as a Congressman,” he said.

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