Donald McEachin

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Donald McEachin
Donald McEachin 115th congress photo.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Randy Forbes
Member of Virginia Senate
from the 9th district
In office
January 9, 2008 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Benjamin Lambert
Succeeded by Jennifer McClellan
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 74th district
In office
January 11, 2006 – January 9, 2008
Preceded by Floyd H. Miles
Succeeded by Joseph D. Morrissey
In office
January 10, 1996 – January 9, 2002
Preceded by Robert B. Ball
Succeeded by Floyd H. Miles
Personal details
Born Aston Donald McEachin
(1961-10-10) October 10, 1961 (age 57)
Nuremberg, West Germany
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Colette McEachin
Residence Henrico County, Virginia, U.S.
Alma mater American University
University of Virginia School of Law
Virginia Union University
Profession Lawyer
Committees Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Religion Baptist
Website House website

Aston Donald McEachin /məˈkən/ (born October 10, 1961) is an American politician and lawyer who is the U.S. Representative from Virginia's 4th district. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1996–2002 and 2006–2008. From 2008 to 2017, he served in the Senate of Virginia, representing the 9th district, made up of Charles City County, plus parts of Henrico County and the city of Richmond.[1][2] McEachin ran for Congress for the open seat of Virginia's 4th congressional district vacated by Republican Randy Forbes in 2016 and won the general election with 57.3% of the votes. [3] In 2001, he was the Democratic Party's nominee for Attorney General of Virginia, but he lost the election to Jerry Kilgore.

Early life, education, business career

McEachin was born in Nuremberg, Germany. He attended St. Christopher's School in Richmond. In 1982, he received a B.S. degree in political history from American University. After that, he attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he received a J.D. in 1986. He also received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Virginia Union University in 2008.[1]

He began to practice law in Richmond after completing law school, eventually becoming a partner in his own firm, McEachin and Gee.[4]

As of 2012, his wife, Colette, was a lawyer with the Richmond Commonwealth's attorney's office. They have three children.[4] They live in unincorporated Henrico County, outside Richmond. However, for most of his career, McEachin has been listed on the members' roll at the state and federal level as "D-Richmond."

On August 25, 2015, Senator McEachin's name was found on the list of users of the Ashley Madison website.[5] McEachin's response to the revelation was "At this time, this is a personal issue between my family and me. I will have no further statement on this issue.”[6]

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,[7] but lost the general election to Republican Jerry W. Kilgore by 20 percentage points.[8]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Senator A. Donald McEachin; Democrat-District 9". Senate of Virginia. Archived from the original on 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2012-11-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Virginia House of Delegates; Session 2007; McEachin, A. Donald (Donald)". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2012-11-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. The New York Times (2016-11-09). "Virginia U.S. House 4th District Results: Donald McEachin Wins".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Donald McEachin". Retrieved 2012-11-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Legislators' names appear in hacked Ashley Madison data". Retrieved 2015-08-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "McEachin on link to Ashley Madison: 'This is a personal issue'". WTVR.com. Retrieved 2015-08-27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Commonwealth of Virginia; June 12, 2001 - Primary Election". Virginia State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on February 21, 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Virginia Election Results". Washington Post. 2001-11-06.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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