Donald McEachin

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for US House District 4 since 2017
Former: State Delegate for VA House District 74 from 1995 - 2007
Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

About

Donald McEachin

Source: Government page

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) was first elected to represent the 4th Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives on November 8, 2016.

Congressman McEachin has been selected by his colleagues to serve as a Regional Whip, co-chair of the House Democratic Environmental Message Team, Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force, and vice-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC). During his first term in Congress, Rep. McEachin co-founded the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force and continues to lead the task force as a co-chair.

Rep. McEachin represents his constituents, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C), the House Committee on Natural Resources (Natural Resources), and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. As a member of E&C, McEachin sits on the Environment and Climate Change, the Communications and Technology, and the Energy subcommittees. As a member of Natural Resources, McEachin sits on the Energy and Mineral Resources as well as the Oversight and Investigations subcommittees.

Rep. McEachin is the son of an Army veteran and a public-school teacher who was raised in the area that he now proudly represents in Congress. Prior to his service in Congress, Rep. McEachin served as a legislator in both chambers of Virginia’s General Assembly. Throughout that time, he fought to protect our most vulnerable citizens — and to defend the rights of all Virginians. Rep. McEachin is a dedicated public servant who leads efforts that will promote equality, curb gun violence, protect our environment, and preserve access to affordable health care.

Rep. 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 Master of Divinity from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

Rep. McEachin has always stood up for working Virginians, families and children in need. After practicing with several law firms in Richmond, Rep. McEachin and Donald Gee formed McEachin and Gee, in 1990. The McEachin and Gee Law Firm successfully helped many Virginians receive the resources they needed after accidents or injury.

Rep. McEachin is very active in the community and is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the NAACP. Rep. McEachin is also a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
    McEachin and Gee Law Firm

Education

  • JD
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • BA, Political Science
    American University
  • Master of Divinity
    The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University
    2008

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • NAACP
  • Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington, DC Office
314 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-6365
Fax: 202-226-1170

Central Virginia Office
Central Virginia Office
110 North Robinson Street
Suite 401
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone: 804-486-1840
Fax: 804-269-4139

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

Web

Government Page, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Wikipedia

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Representative for US House District 4

Donald McEachin (D)187,64262.58%
Ryan A. McAdams (R)107,70635.92%
Peter J. "Pete" Wells (L)4,2331.41%
Write In (Write-in)2730.09%
TOTAL299,854

2016 US Representative for US House District 4

Donald McEachin (D)200,13657.7%
Michael L. Wade (R)145,73142.0%
Write In (Write-in)8320.2%
TOTAL346,699

Source: Campaign

Finances

MCEACHIN, ASTON DONALD has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,893,623.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

House Committee on Energy and Commerce,
Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
House Committee on Natural Resources

Subcommittees

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Subcommittee on Energy
Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change

Voting Record

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New Legislation

Source: Government Page

Issues

Better Government

Congress

August 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced the Funding Attorneys for Indigent Removal (FAIR) Proceedings Act with Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to guarantee legal counsel for eligible individuals navigating the nation’s complex immigration court system.

July 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) re-introduced the Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act today with Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) to make it easier for small businesses to become accessible for people with disabilities and help those businesses comply with the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This legislation bolsters the existing Disabled Access Credit (DAC), which helps businesses pay for renovations by doubling the maximum tax credit and allowing more small businesses to receive it.

July 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted for House passage of the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, also known as the Butch Lewis Act. The Congressman co-sponsored this important bipartisan legislation, which will ensure multiemployer pension plans remain solvent and continue providing retirees and workers with the retirement benefits they have earned.

 

July 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, a bipartisan group of House members, led by Congressman A. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX), issued the following statements after their bipartisan bill—the “Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019”—passed out of the House on a 429-3 vote as part of H.R.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin has spent the past 200 days working to lower health care costs, protecting our environment, increasing paychecks by rebuilding American and restoring ethics and integrity in our government to deliver progress to the people of Virginia’s fourth congressional district. He will be holding events to discuss his vision for the country, give legislative updates, and hear directly from his constituents on what matters most to them. Congressman McEachin issued the following statement:
 

July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), co-hosts of the recent Congressional Convening on Environmental Justice, released the following statement after the unveiling of an Equitable and Just National Climate Platform by more than 70 leading environmental justice and national environmental groups.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted for House passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, legislation he cosponsored to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years. The bill will gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour over a six-year period. Additionally, the act would phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. To keep up with inflation, the Raise the Wage Act indexes future minimum wage increases to median hourly wage growth.

July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced bipartisan legislation to name a Hopewell post office in honor of the Reverend Curtis West Harris, a civil rights hero and the first black mayor of Hopewell, Virginia. The post office is located at 117 West Poythress Street.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement after co-hosting the first-ever environmental justice convening at the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of environmental justice (EJ) advocates, leaders, and practitioners flew in from across the country to discuss long-standing injustices and areas of collaboration between advocates and policymakers.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) supported H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Bill which will provide $4.5 billion to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. The legislation includes robust funding for priorities such as legal assistance, food, water, medical services, basic sanitation, services for unaccompanied children, and refugee services,. This legislation will help address the horrific conditions within detention facilities and will not fund the Administration’s failed policy of mass deportation.

Economy

Economy

July 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted for House passage of the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, also known as the Butch Lewis Act. The Congressman co-sponsored this important bipartisan legislation, which will ensure multiemployer pension plans remain solvent and continue providing retirees and workers with the retirement benefits they have earned.

 

July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted for House passage of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, legislation he cosponsored to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years. The bill will gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour over a six-year period. Additionally, the act would phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. To keep up with inflation, the Raise the Wage Act indexes future minimum wage increases to median hourly wage growth.

June 5, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced two grant awards from the Department of Health and Human Resources to Virginia Commonwealth University for aging research for $459,116 and for Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement for $749,583. The purpose of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program is to improve the health outcomes for older adults by developing a healthcare workforce that maximizes patient and family engagement, and by integrating geriatrics and primary care.

December 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement on his opposition to House Republicans’ tax bill (H.R. 1):

“I voted against sending this bill to conference because the only place we should send this bill is to the garbage.

October 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following narrow passage of the FY 2018 Budget Resolution:

“Today, I reiterate my firm belief that legislative budgets are moral documents outlining our principles, values and goals. Congressional Republicans put forward a budget that slashes billions of dollars from the services that hardworking Americans depend on most. The budget heading to the President’s desk is one that values the wealthiest Americans over meeting the basic needs of hardworking families.

September 6, 2017 Press Release

RICHMOND – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) joined Governor Terry McAuliffe to announce that Thomson Reuters will establish an internal cybersecurity operations center in the City of Richmond, bringing up to 60 jobs.

July 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following final passage of H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act or “security minibus”:

May 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) made the following statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy added 211,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate stands at 4.4 percent.

March 23, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) released the following statement about the proposed level of spending for arts programs indicated in the President’s budget blueprint:

Education

Education

July 15, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman A. Donald McEachin announced that two libraries in his district have been chosen to participate in National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) programs. Chesterfield County Public Libraries will be participating in a community conversation program about the PBS documentary, American Creed, where former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Pulitzer Prize winning historian David M.

July 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced a National Science Foundation grant of $1,373,217 to Virginia State University (VSU) for programs for increased student success in introductory biology, including a mentoring program, a rigorous evaluation procedure and working on ways to integrate improvements in the course to other STEM classes.

July 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced the Virginia Fourth Congressional District App Challenge, open to any middle or high schooler within the district to submit any type of original app on any platform in any language. Students can submit their applications here.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) introduced a resolution honoring Richmond social studies teacher Rodney A. Robinson for his selection as the 2019 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

December 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following Secretary DeVos’ decision to rescind the 2014 Discipline Guidance Package:

August 20, 2018 Press Release

Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced a grant award of $7,508,838 for Richmond City Public Schools’ Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

“Head Start gives all students the opportunity to succeed with a strong start to their education,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “I am pleased to see these monies awarded to RPS to better support the Head Start programs, so that we can increase the number of children that benefit from a high-quality preschool education.”

May 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement on the 64th anniversary of the landmark United States Supreme Court decision on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka:

“Today we remember the critical principles set forth by the landmark decision and rededicate ourselves to making further progress.

April 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following recent reportsabout the newly released Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) completed by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights:

April 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, hosted a briefing on Protecting Students’ Civil Rights to amplify the importance of preserving critical civil rights protections for students in light of recent hostile scrutiny from the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans.

December 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined 15 Senators and 36 Members of the U.S.

Environment

Energy

July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), co-hosts of the recent Congressional Convening on Environmental Justice, released the following statement after the unveiling of an Equitable and Just National Climate Platform by more than 70 leading environmental justice and national environmental groups.

July 15, 2019 Page

The Science Museum of Virginia is dedicated to educating the community about issues such as climate change and alternative energy. There are hundreds of podcasts available, answering a variety of questions including, “Are Richmond schools adding solar power?” and “How do allergy medicines work?” Learn more here.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement after co-hosting the first-ever environmental justice convening at the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of environmental justice (EJ) advocates, leaders, and practitioners flew in from across the country to discuss long-standing injustices and areas of collaboration between advocates and policymakers.

June 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) co-introduced the Offshore Wind Jobs and Opportunity Act with Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA), Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA), Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ). Through the establishment a federal grant program, this legislation will help educate and train the next generation of American offshore wind workers.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) released the following statement following the passage of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which requires the United States to honor its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.

April 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) reintroduced his resolution honoring Earth Day and reaffirming our commitment to protecting the planet Earth. More than 90 of his colleagues joined the Congressman in introducing the resolution.

January 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following the announcement of his appointment to serve as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce:

November 28, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement announcing the PARIS Climate Act following the recent release of two climate change reports – the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report:

June 5, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) will introduce the bipartisan Defend Our Coast Act at the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation’s annual conference, Capitol Hill Ocean Week.

Health Care

Health

August 6, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman A. Donald McEachin announced a grant award of $77,625 from the Department of Health and Human Services to Virginia Commonwealth University for aging research. 
 
 

July 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin today announced a grant of $14,715,665 from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Virginia Department of Health for public health emergency response activities.

July 9, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin today announced a grant of $242,318 from the Department of Health and Human Services to Virginia Commonwealth University to study e-cigarettes (vaping) in real time through smartphones and a grant of $7,451,285 from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Virginia Department of Health for immunizations.

July 1, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced a grant award of $382,600 from the Department of Health and Human Services to Virginia Commonwealth University for research into pharmacology and biological chemistry.

June 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced a grant award of $6,897,199 from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Virginia State Board of Health for the hospital preparedness program.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) supported H.R. 3401, the Emergency Supplemental Bill which will provide $4.5 billion to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. The legislation includes robust funding for priorities such as legal assistance, food, water, medical services, basic sanitation, services for unaccompanied children, and refugee services,. This legislation will help address the horrific conditions within detention facilities and will not fund the Administration’s failed policy of mass deportation.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin today announced a grant award from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Virginia Department of Health for diabetes, heart disease and stroke prevention programs for $2,104,436.

June 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced a grant award of $232,875, from the Department of Health and Human Services to Virginia Commonwealth University for research in drug abuse and addiction.

June 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced a grant award from the Department of Health and Human Services to Virginia Commonwealth University for oral diseases and disorders research for $354,564. The purpose of the grant is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the distribution of health information.

June 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) led a letter urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to use its existing statutory authority to eliminate coinsurance costs for preventive colonoscopies for Medicare beneficiaries, even in cases when a polyp is removed. Congressmen Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ-10), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), and David B. McKinley, P.E.

Veterans

Veterans

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) voted for House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Enactment of this bill would authorize the funding needed for a strong, smart national defense strategy. The bill authorizes $733 billion for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the defense-related activities of the Department of Energy, as well as Overseas Contingency Operations.

July 3, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced the introduction of H.R. 3615, the Honor and Remember Flag Recognition Act to honor members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This legislation will designate the Honor and Remember Flag as an official symbol to acknowledge all such servicemembers. It would require the flag to be displayed at civically important locations, from the U.S.

May 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin joined many of his colleagues in co-sponsoring H.R. 553, the Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act. This bill would remove the “widows’ tax” which currently prevents surviving spouses of servicemembers killed in the line of duty from receiving full payments from multiple death benefit fund programs. If enacted, the bill would make surviving spouses eligible to receive funds from both programs in full. Congressman McEachin was a cosponsor of this bill in the 115th Congress.

April 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03) and A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) invited Robert “Jack” Ewald of Suffolk, Virginia as their guest to attend the address delivered by French President Emmanuel Macron to a Joint Meeting of Congress. Mr. Ewald, a World War II veteran, fought in the Army’s 115th Infantry Division at Normandy on D-Day. President Macron highlighted Mr. Ewald’s story in his remarks.

April 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), a co-chair of the Reinvesting in our Returning Heroes task force, introduced the Disabled Access Credit Expansion (DACE) Act to assist small business owners comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), aiming to expand access and job opportunities for disabled Americans.

September 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) announced that he will co-chair the Reinvesting in Our Returning Heroes task force, part of the House Democratic Caucus Jobs program.

May 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) is a proud cosponsor of H.R. 2052, the PRIVATE Act.

This bill offers an amendment to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which would prohibit the unauthorized broadcasting or distribution of intimate, personal images by members of the United States Armed Forces.

March 5, 2017 Press Release

RICHMOND – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) made the following statement in reaction to reports that Marines and former Marines shared nude photos of women on social media:

January 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Steering Committee recommended Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) to serve on the House Armed Services Committee for the 115th Congress.

“It is a true honor and privilege to serve as the voice of the 4th Congressional District on the House Armed Services Committee,” said Congressman McEachin.

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Rep. McEachin Questions Witnesses During Natural Resources’ First Climate Change Hearing
Published on February 7, 2019

Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) questioned Reverend Lennox Yearwood, the President of the Hip-Hop Caucus, and Elizabeth Yeampierre, the Executive Director of UPROSE, during Natural Resources Committee hearing on Climate Change about the widespread threat of climate change, and the need for inclusivity in the green agenda.

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