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Moments that shaped Donald McEachin's political career

Moments that shaped Donald McEachin’s political career

RICHMOND, VA – In 2007, Donald McEachin rolled the dice.

Then, Democratic Member Henrico, a delegate to the Virginia General Assembly, decided to give up his seat and challenge State Senator Benny Lambert in his party’s primary.

The odds were long, as Lambert had been a popular figure in the State House for three decades.

McEachhen’s gamble paid off. He upset the veteran lawmaker, firmly establishing himself as one of the Democrats’ rising stars.

“Obviously I’m excited and I’m humbled by the opportunity,” McEachin told CBS 6 at his win ceremony.

After his ten years A political trip that took him to Washington, D.C When McEachin won election to represent Virginia’s new 4th district in Congress.

A personal injury attorney by trade, McEachin considered himself a progressive and spoke of his desire to protect Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens.

In 2018, he reached out to CBS 6 after seeing a series of problem-solving investigations about conditions in some apartment complexes in his area.

McEachin’s over Take an unannounced look About himself, accompanied by one of our crews.

“For this young lady to be forced to live in conditions like this, this young lady has to pay the electric bill which has tripled now because these people aren’t going to come fix the heat, it’s just not right. It’s not how you treat people,” McEachin said.

And just a month before his death, the congressman spoke out and demanded answers, after a New York Times investigation found Bon Secours Reduced critical resources from Richmond Community Hospital.

“It makes me sad, but it also makes me very angry,” McEachin said.

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From Capitol Square to Capitol Hill, Donald McEachin has represented the people of Virginia for nearly a quarter of a century.

And while he’s been a lifelong Democrat, McKechen once told CBS6, he’s always been willing to listen to the other side. To try to find common ground.

“You know, one of the things I’ve learned is that the Virginia delegation works in a bipartisan way to advance the interests of Virginia and Virginia, and I look forward to being a part of that,” he said in a 2016 interview.

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