Hon. Donald McEachin

Donald McEachin

Congressman A. Donald McEachin grew up in Richmond, the son of an Army veteran and a public school teacher. He returned home after law school at the University of Virginia and has been working to lift his community—including its LGBT members—ever since. He has spent his career fighting for the underdog — as both an attorney and a public servant.

Donald was a citizen legislator in Virginia’s General Assembly for much of the last two decades until November of 2016, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia’s 4th Congressional district. Prior to that, he served in the Virginia State Senate after first serving in the Virginia House of Delegates. Throughout that time, he has fought to protect our most vulnerable citizens — and to defend the rights of all Virginians. Donald has worked to create jobs, improve public schools, and expand access to health care. He has been a progressive champion, leading efforts to promote LGBT equality, curb gun violence, and protect our environment.

While serving in the Virginia General Assembly, he was a tireless advocate for LGBT Virginians, repeatedly introduced statewide employment nondiscrimination policies, and championed additional legislation that sought to better our community. Though he is pleased with the progress made for LGBT Virginians, he recognizes there is more work to be done. “In the legislative process, you have to know that many times you’re going to lose a few times before you win. But if your cause is right and you’re persistent, you’ll prevail,” says McEachin of his continued fight for equality in the Commonwealth. The Congressman has also been instrumental in bridging a divide that is sometimes present in communities of faith and the LGBT community.

While a state legislator, he served as Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus working to partner with leaders from both parties to move Virginia forward. Donald’s legislative work has earned praise from across the political spectrum; he has won awards from groups as diverse as the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, the Virginia Education Association, and the UFCW Minority Coalition.

Now in the United States House of Representatives, Donald has joined the House LGBT Equality Caucus, hoping to continue the work and progress made in Virginia at the federal level. The House LGBT Caucus functions as a resource for LGBT and ally congressmen and women, and helps garner support for inclusive legislation dealing with equal rights, discriminatory laws, and combating hate-motivated violence regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

Donald is also a successful small businessman. With his partner, he built a local law firm — McEachin & Gee — that had branches across Southside and the Richmond area. For 26 years, their firm helped secure just outcomes for countless Virginians, ensuring they receive the resources they need to recover from accident or injury. The firm has also given out hundreds of scholarships to local students.

Donald also participates locally in many civic and community groups. He is a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Hanover, the NAACP, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association; he is also a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the VCU Health System Board of Directors.

Donald is a graduate of American University and the University Of Virginia School Of Law. In 2008, he received his Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

Donald and his wife, Colette, are the parents of three wonderful children. They have been married for 28 years.