Donald McEachin

Summary

Current Position: U.S. House of Representatives (2016- 2018), Virginia 4th District
Democratic Candidate: US House - Virginia 4th District

Information

Websites:  mceachin.house.gov  Personal Site  
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Washington DC Office: 27 Independence Ave SE, Cannon Bldg
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-225-6365

Central Virginia Office:
110 North Robinson Street Suite 401
RichmondVA 23220
Phone: 804-486-1840

Hampton Roads Office:  131 N. Saratoga Street Suite B
SuffolkVA 23434
Phone: 757-942-6050

Former positions:
House of Delegates from the 74th district in 1995-2001 and 2005-2006
State Senate 2007-2008

AboutDonald McEachin

From Government Site

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) was elected to represent the 4th Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives on November 8, 2016. Thus far in Congress, McEachin has been elected to serve as co-president of the Freshman class, appointed as Regional Whip, and serves as a member of the Leader’s Environmental Messaging Team.

Representative McEachin proudly represents his district on the House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Natural Resources. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Mr. McEachin serves as the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and sits on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. Mr. McEachin also sits on both the Readiness and the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittees under the House Armed Services Committee. He was also appointed by House Leadership to serve on the Franking Commission.

Prior to his service in Congress, Mr. McEachin served as a legislator in Virginia’s General Assembly for most of the last twenty years. First he served in the Virginia House of Delegates and then the Virginia State Senate. Mr. McEachin was elected by Senate Democrats to serve as Senate Democratic Caucus Chair in 2011.

Throughout his time as a public servant, he fought to protect our most vulnerable citizens — dedicating to defending the rights of all Virginians and improving their lives. Mr. McEachin is committed to being a progressive champion who leads efforts that will promote equality, curb gun violence, protect our environment, and advocate for military personnel and their family members. His commitment to helping working families will never waver.

Mr. McEachin learned the value of hard work from his parents. His father was an Army veteran and his mother was a public school teacher. He grew up in what is now his congressional district. Mr. McEachin graduated from American University with a degree in Political Science and from the University of Virginia School of Law. In May of 2008, he received his Masters of Divinity degree from the Samuel Proctor Theological Seminary at Virginia Union University.

After practicing with several Richmond law firms, he and Donald Gee formed McEachin and Gee, in 2006. The McEachin and Gee Law Firm has successfully assisted many Virginians receive the resources they need after accidents or injury. He has always stood up for working Virginians, families and children in need.

Mr. McEachin is very active in the community, and is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the NAACP, the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been appointed to several other boards and commissions that serve the community.

Congressman McEachin and his lovely wife Colette are the parents of three wonderful adult children. Colette is also an attorney with extensive experience, presently working in the Richmond City Commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

Committee Assignments

Mr. McEachin proudly represents his district on the House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Natural Resources. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Mr. McEachin serves as the Ranking Member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and sits on the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

Mr. McEachin also sits on both the Readiness and the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittees under the House Armed Services Committee. He was also appointed by House Leadership to serve on the Franking Commission.

Congressman McEachin also serves as a member of the following caucuses:

  •          House Democratic Caucus
  •          Congressional Black Caucus
  •          Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
  •          LGBT Equality Caucus
  •          House Pro-Choice Caucus
  •          Congressional PORTS Caucus
  •          Congressional Ship-Building Caucus
  •          Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition

Congressman McEachin is a member of the following taskforces and teams:

  •          United for Climate and Environmental Justice Taskforce (co-founder)
  •          Education Task Force (founder)
  •          Leader’s Environmental Message Team

Political career

McEachin was first elected to the House of Delegates from the 74th district in 1995. After three terms there, he ran for Attorney General of Virginia in 2001. He won a four-way Democratic primary with 33.6% of the vote, but lost the general election toRepublican Jerry W. Kilgore by 20 percentage points.

In 2005 he ran again for the 74th House district, defeating his predecessor, Floyd Miles, by 44 votes in the Democratic primary, and winning the general election with 75% of the vote.

In 2007, McEachin ran for the state Senate, challenging 9th District incumbent Benjamin Lambert, who drew criticism within the Democratic Party for his endorsement of Republican United States Senator George Allen in Allen’s unsuccessful 2006 reelection campaign against Jim Webb. After defeating Lambert 58%-42% in the primary,[1McEachin won 81% of the vote against independent Silver Persinger in the general election.

He was unopposed for reelection in 2011.

Midway through his third term in the state senate, McEachin got an opportunity to transfer to federal politics. A federal court threw out Virginia’s original congressional map as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. A new map saw almost all of Richmond, along with all of Petersburg and most of the majority-black precincts in Henrico County (including McEachin’s home), shifted from the 3rd District to the 4th District. That district had been represented by Republican Randy Forbes since a 2001 special election, but the addition of these majority-black areas turned the 4th from a Republican-leaning swing district into a heavily Democratic district. Rather than face certain defeat in the redrawn 4th, Forbes made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination in the 2nd District. McEachin defeated Cheasapeake city councilwoman Ella Ward for the Democratic nomination, then handily defeated Republican Henrico County sheriff Mike Wade in the general election.

McEachin is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Campaign Finance

Year Office Result Contributions
2016 U.S. House, Virginia District 4 Won $787,913
Grand Total Raised $787,913
Source: Follow the Money

Recent Election Results

2016

Heading into the election, Ballotpedia rated this race as safely Democratic. Donald McEachin (D) defeated Mike Wade (R) in the general election on November 8, 2016. McEachin defeated Ella P. Ward in the Democratic primary, while Wade defeated Jackee Gonzalez to win the Republican nomination. The primary elections took place on June 14, 2016. Incumbent Randy Forbes (R) chose to seek re-election in the 2nd District instead of the 4th after redistricting flipped his safely Republican seat to a safely Democratic one.

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald McEachin 57.7% 200,136
Republican Mike Wade 42% 145,731
N/A Write-in 0.2% 789
Total Votes 346,656
Source: Virginia Department of Elections
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Wade 64% 4,987
Jackee Gonzalez 36% 2,801
Total Votes 7,788
Source: Virginia Department of Elections
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonald McEachin 75.4% 11,851
Ella Ward 24.6% 3,867
Total Votes 15,718
Source: Virginia Department of Elections

Policy Positions

From candidate website

Civil Rights

Equal Treatment & Equal Rights

Donald strongly believes that all people deserve equal rights, equal treatment, and equal opportunities to participate in our democracy. Americans should never suffer because of whom they love, what they believe, or where they came from. Donald will:

  • continue to champion anti-discrimination protections for women, racial minorities, LGBT Americans, and any other group that is singled out for unfair treatment
  • support automatic voter registration and other efforts to protect and expand the right to vote
  • pursue meaningful campaign finance reforms that strengthen the voices of ordinary citizens while reducing dark money groups’ vast influence over the course of our democracy
  • work towards comprehensive immigration reforms that enable law-abiding, contributing members of our communities to earn citizenship in the country they call home

 

Defense & Security

Veterans

As the son of an Army veteran, Donald understands that we owe an enormous debt to all those who serve or have served in our military. We must honor our commitments to these brave men and women, and to their families. In Congress, Donald will:

  • fight to provide more of the resources that help veterans to succeed and prosper in civilian life, including educational funding, job placement programs, and adequate mental health services
  • work to reform and fully fund the VA so that all veterans have ready access to high-quality health care and other important services
  • partner with fellow lawmakers to ensure that military jobs, assets, and infrastructure remain in Virginia

Justice & Public Safety

Donald knows we have an urgent responsibility to prevent crime and improve public safety. At the same time, we must also confront and correct outdated thinking, discriminatory policies, and the harms that they produce. In Congress, Donald will:

  • work to reduce gun violence by requiring universal background checks, renewing the assault weapons ban, and enacting other common-sense reforms
  • seek to reform our criminal justice system, ending self-defeating policies that promote over-incarceration and create a school-to-prison pipeline
  • work to correct biases and disparities in policing and sentencing, both by changing unfair laws and by funding priorities like greater oversight, increased training, and body cameras for local law enforcement

Democracy

Economy & Jobs  

Donald is the co-founder and co-owner of a small business. He has hired workers, stuck to a budget, and always found a way to make payroll. In Congress, he’ll draw on that experience as he works to create jobs, strengthen our economy, and grow the middle class. Donald will:

  • seek job-creating investments in infrastructure, working to restore our crumbling roads and bridges, create new transportation options, and expand access to broadband Internet
  • promote workforce development and research initiatives  that diversify our economy and help Virginians to compete and succeed in growing industries
  • champion policies that help working families get ahead, including a higher minimum wage and paid sick leave legislation
  • work to cut unnecessary red tape — while strengthening safeguards that improve public health, ensure workers’ safety, or protect the environment

Budget & Spending

As a state legislator, Donald has fought for responsible, balanced budgets that fund critical services while keeping taxes low. He supports efforts to gradually reduce the deficit — but he knows we can’t cut our way to prosperity. In Congress, Donald will:

  • oppose efforts to balance the budget on the backs of working families, including reckless “blanket” cuts like sequestration
  • defend investments in education, infrastructure, researchand other important priorities that make for a fairer and more prosperous society
  • pursue commonsense reforms that make our tax code fairer, simpler, and more progressive

Education

Donald understands that good schools prepare children for lifelong success, as both citizens and workers. Education enables individual students to achieve their dreams, and it holds the power to break generations-long cycles of poverty and suffering. Donald will:

  • work towards universal access to pre-K education and affordable, high-quality childcare options
  • seek overdue investments in our public schools, ensuring that teachers have the resources and support they need to close achievement gaps and best help our children
  • work to ensure that working and middle class students have the opportunity to graduate debt-free from public college
  • help former students reduce their student loan debt through new refinancing options and expanded loan forgiveness programs

Energy & Environment

Donald knows that climate change and pollution pose grave and growing threats to our communities. We owe it to our children to leave behind a clean and healthy planet — but to do that, we have to build a greener, more sustainable society. In Congress, Donald will:

  • work to swiftly and responsibly reduce carbon emissions to prevent or mitigate the worst effects of climate change
  • seek investment in green technologies and speed our transition to a clean energy economy
  • strive to better address public health threats from pollution, unregulated toxins, and other environmental dangers

Health

Donald believes affordable health care should be considered a human right. No one should have to forgo basic treatment for want of insurance. No one should have to choose between buying medicine and buying food. In Congress, Donald will:

  • push for targeted reforms that improve and strengthen the Affordable Care Act, including measures to lower costs for working families
  • seek new incentives for states to expand Medicaid and ensure that working families have access to quality, affordable health care
  • oppose efforts to replace Medicare with a voucher system, block grant Medicaid, or otherwise shift new costs to seniors and working families

Immigration

Infrastructure

Social Security 

Most Americans spend decades paying into programs like Social Security and Medicare. When they retire, those workers deserve full and timely access to the benefits they’ve earned. Donald will:

  • work to keep our promises to seniors and working families, opposing efforts to raise the retirement age, voucherize Medicare, or block grant Medicaid
  • work to strengthen and preserve Social Security and Medicare by ensuring that the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share
  • seek new incentives for states to expand Medicaid and ensure that working families have access to quality, affordable health care

Videos

Curator Aircasts

Candidate Videos

Congressman Donald McEachin (D-Va.): Better Know a Member
Published: Mar 7, 2017 By House Natural Resources Committee Democrats

 

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News & Events

September 2018

August 2018

From government website.
Richmond, Va.– Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced a grant award from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Virginia Department of Health for their Family Planning Program.
From government website.
Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced three grant awards from the National Park Service to preserve historic buildings at two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in his district, $274,278 for Storum Hall, and $493,815 for Vawter Hall at Virginia State University and $500,000 for Huntley Hall at Virginia Union University.

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