According to his office, US Rep. A. Donald McEachin, D-Va., passed away on Monday after a fight with colorectal cancer.
He was 61.
In a statement released late on Monday, McEachin’s chief of staff Tara Rountree said: “Valiantly, for years now, we have watched him struggle and prevail against the side effects of his colon cancer from 2013.
He lost that war tonight.
McEachin represented the 4th Congressional District of Virginia, which stretches south to the North Carolina border and includes a portion of Richmond. This month, he won reelection for a fourth term.
Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a statement: “Don was a fighter up to the end. He recently battled cancer and other difficulties but never wavered in his commitment to social and environmental justice.
I have lost a dear friend, and Virginia has lost a great leader tonight.
McEachin was described as an “environmentalist, civil rights crusader, devoted public servant, and a man of substance” by Rep. Gerry Connelly, D-Va. There was no more helpful ally.
On October 10, 1961, Aston Donald McEachin was born in Nuremberg, Germany.
His mother worked as a teacher, and his father served in the Army.
He received his high school diploma from St. Christopher’s School in Richmond in 1979, followed by undergraduate degrees from American University in 1982 and the University of Virginia in 1986.
In 2008, he graduated from Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology with a Master of Divinity.
He practiced law throughout his career and held positions in the House of Delegates from 1996 to 2002 and 2006 to 2008, as well as the state Senate from 2008 to 2016.
He was chosen to serve in the US for the first time. dwelling in 2016.
Three children were raised by McEachin and his wife, Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin.