After a long battle with colorectal carcinoma cancer, Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin (D), died Monday. He was 61 years of age.
McEachin died less than three weeks after he was re-elected to the fourth term of Congress, representing the 4th Congressional District.
McEachin’s chief staff Tara Rountree stated that McEachin was “all devastated by the loss of his boss and friend”. ” “Valiantly, over years, we have seen him triumph over the secondary effects of his colon cancer since 2013.” “Tonight, he lost the battle and Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District mourned a hero who always put their interests first and fought tirelessly for them.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, mourned McEachin’s passing in a statement that honored his passion for the environment.
She said that McEachin understood the importance of clean air and clean water for every family, regardless of where they lived in America. His colleagues will miss him deeply, and he has left behind a legacy that will benefit all generations of children.
What Happens to His Seat?
Rountree stated McEachin’s offices will continue to be open for his constituents up until his replacement is elected.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (Republican) — who described McEachin as a “valiant warrior” who “admirably service Virginia & worked tirelessly for improving the lives of his constituents and Americans” — will set the date for the special election to fill McEachin’s seat.
It is probable that the winner of this special election will be a Democrat.
For eight consecutive terms, Republican Randy Forbes represented Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. This includes Richmond. McEachin won the election easily after a court-ordered redistricting made the district a Democratic stronghold.
McEachin won every election except the 2016 election by at least 20 points. He won this year by 30 points.
McEachin was survived by his wife, Colette, and his three children.