Rep. Donald McEachin, a Virginia Democrat, has died of colon cancer at the age of 61, his chief of staff said on Monday.
“We are all devastated by the death of our boss and friend, Congressman Donald McEachin. For years we’ve watched bravely as he battled and triumphed over the side effects of his 2013 colon cancer. Tonight he lost that fight and the people of Virginia’s fourth congressional district lost a hero who always, always fought for them and put them first,” Tara Rountree, McEachin’s chief of staff, said in a statement.
“Until a new representative is elected, our office will remain open and continue to serve our constituents. The family is asking for privacy at this time. The agreements will be announced in the next few days,” added Rountree.
Since 2017, McEachin has represented the fourth congressional district of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which stretches east from the capital, Richmond, toward Chesapeake.
On November 8, MeEachin defeated Republican Leon Benjamin in his race for re-election to Congress.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) remembered his fellow congressman and friend as a “fighter” focused on “social and environmental justice” in a tweet Monday night.
“Don McEachin was a fighter to the end. Despite battling cancer and facing other court cases over the past several years, he never lost his focus on social and environmental justice,” Warner said.
“Tonight Virginia lost a great leader and I lost a great friend,” the senator added.
MP Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) called The news of McEachin’s death was “heartbreaking,” and she remembered him as “a real fighter for justice.”
“This is heartbreaking news. The country lost a true fighter for justice today. Rep. McEachin and I entered Congress together in 2017, and we created the first-ever Environmental Justice Task Force, along with [Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.)]’ Jayapal said on Twitter.
“He was a great advocate…always willing to stand up and fight for communities that have been left behind and are passionate about climate justice. We will miss him terribly in Congress. My deepest condolences to his family, staff and loved ones. Rest in peace and strength Don,” Jayapal added in her tweet.
Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) also tweeted his reminiscences of McEachin on Monday night, when he called the Virginia congressman a “pioneer” who will be “remembered.”
“We are devastated to learn of the passing of our dear friend and valued colleague, Rep. Don McEachin. He was a true trailblazer whose legacy of service to our country will be remembered for years to come,” Neguse said, adding that he and his wife will keep McEachin’s family in their prayers.
McEachin has served on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
Before being elected to Congress, McEachin served as a legislator in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly.
McEachin is survived by his wife, Richmond, Commonwealth City Attorney Colette McEachin, and their three adult children.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/29/virginia-congressman-donald-mceachin-dies-from-cancer-at-age-61/ US Congressman Donald McEachin has died of cancer at the age of 61