Senator Don McEachin (D-Richmond)

Photo of Don McEachin
Party
Democratic
District
9: Charles City County (All), Henrico County (Part), Richmond City (Part), Hanover County (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 2008
Next Election
November 2019
Committees
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Constitutional Amendments, Reapportionment, Referenda
Age
54
Website
donaldmceachin.com
Copatroning Habits
70% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 74% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 52% of them are Democrats.
Partisanship
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Bills Passed
2.9% in 2016
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)
Bio

Attorney at the McEachin Law Firm. Represented the 74th House District from 1996-2001, when he stepped down to run for attorney general. After losing the race to Republican Jerry Kilgore he regained the seat via a primary victory and was reelected in 2005. He helding the seat for a single term before moving up to the senate by defeating Sen. Benny Lambert in the Democratic primary. Received his BS from American University and his JD from the University of Virginia. Married with three daughters.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Black Press USA: Republicans in Virginia Plot to Make It Harder for Ex-Offenders to Vote

September 26, 2016
Another potentially daunting aspect of Sen. Norment's amendment is that it requires felons to pay court fees and other administrative costs. Many argue that if a person has to pay ... State Senator Don McEachin, who is on track to be elected to ...and more »

Legacy Newspaper: Sen. McEachin officially annnounces Congress run

March 15, 2016
?The outpouring of support that allowed the senator to have so many valid signatures at such an early date demonstrates a groundswell of support for his candidacy,? said his office. ?The campaign has checked the signatures on the voter file and can ...In the 4th, more candidates come forthDaily Press (blog)all 14 news articles »

Richmond.com: McEachin formally announces bid for Congress in 4th District

March 15, 2016
State Sen. A . Donald McEachin on Tuesday formally announced his candidacy for congress in the 4th District, saying he his legal experience in "fighting for the underdog" and his legislative background "leading the fights that make a difference? will ...

GayRVA: Senator Don McEachin talks LGBTQ issues ahead of the 2016 General Assembly Session

August 26, 2015
Virginia Senator Don McEachin (D-9) gave a bit of insight into the upcoming 2016 General Assembly session, one in which he promised LGBTQ issues will play a role. One issue in particular which continues to make headlines, religious liberties, ...and more »

WWBT NBC12 News: Henrico senator on Trump's African-American outreach: 'We're not stupid'

August 25, 2016
Henrico senator on Trump's African-American outreach: 'We're not stupid'"He is painting all African-Americans with one brush, and we know that that is not appropriate," state Sen. Donald McEachin said. Even Trump ... "The phony outrage that Don McEachin and these black poverty pimps portray," said Johnson. "I find that far ...and more »

These are all of the video clips of Don McEachin’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 424 video clips in all.

Bills

  • SJ32: Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference).
  • SB183: Health insurance; removes prohibition on provision of abortion coverage.
  • SB220: Firearm transfers; penalties.
  • SB221: Discrimination between employees on the basis of sex; payment of wages.
  • SB222: Voter registration; automatic voter registration.
  • SB223: New sentencing hearing; abolition of parole.
  • SB227: Environmental Quality, Department of; toxic waste site inventory.
  • SB228: Environmental Quality, Department of; raises civil penalty that may be included with a special order
  • SB229: U. S. of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia; purchase of flags by public bodies.
  • SB285: Bail appeal; presumption against bail.
  • SB310: Grand larceny; increases threshold amount of money taken to $1500, etc.
  • SB311: Virginia Public Procurement Act; use of best value contracting, construction & professional service.
  • SB450: Department of Criminal Justice Services; community policing.
  • SB458: Alternatives to suspension; Board of Education shall establish guidelines for local school boards.
  • SB571: Commonwealth Resilience Fund; established.
  • SB574: Officers of election; required training every two years.
  • SB581: Discharge of deleterious substance into state waters; notice.
  • SB584: Unmanned aircraft systems; civil cause of action created, criminal violations.
  • SB593: Campaign finance; campaign fundraising prohibited during certain periods.
  • SB632: Guardianship; communication between incapacitated person and members of his family.
  • SB662: Legal holidays; Lee-Jackson Day, Election Day.
  • SB760: Malicious impersonation by computer; penalty.
  • SB761: Electric utilities; mandatory renewable portfolio standard.
  • SJ32: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage.
  • SJ33: Commending the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
  • SJ39: Commending the Henrico High School boys' basketball team.
  • SJ40: Recognition of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe of Virginia.
  • SJ98: Commending Richmond International Raceway.
  • SJ104: Celebrating the life of Leonard W. Lambert, Sr.
  • SJ105: Celebrating the life of Allix Bledsoe James.
  • SJ106: Commending Ebenezer Baptist Church.
  • SJ109: Commending the Highland Springs High School football team.
  • SJ149: Celebrating the life of John Stewart Bryan III.
  • SR80: Commending the Reverend Dr. Charles A. Summers.
  • SR87: Commemorating the 235th anniversary of the defense of Richmond in 1781.
  • SB642: Alcoholic beverage control; temporary licenses for applicant for mixed beverage restaurant license.
  • SB644: Educational neglect of students with disabilities; fraud within educational programs, penalties.
  • SB768: Firearm transfer; penalties.
  • SB769: Health insurance; essential health benefits, abortion coverage.
  • SB770: Workers' compensation; exclusivity of remedy.
  • SB771: Toxic waste site; to inventory Department of Environmental Quality.
  • SB772: Payment of wages; discrimination between employees on basis of sex.
  • SB785: Public employment; prohibits discrimination based on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • SB1071: Environmental Quality, Department of; raises civil penalties.
  • SB1095: Prospective foster parents; barrier crimes.
  • SB1098: Juvenile Justice and Prevention, Advisory Committee on; delinquency prevention.
  • SB1296: Death sentence; requirements for imposition.
  • SB1297: Stalking; penalty.
  • SB1299: VPPA; public contracts for construction, etc., required to use products manufactured in the U.S.
  • SB1301: Unmanned aircraft systems; use by public bodies during execution of a search warrant, exception.
  • SB1337: Voter registration; voter list maintenance.
  • SB1345: State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act & General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act.
  • SB1428: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; Commonwealth Resilience Fund established.
  • SB1436: Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission; reduces number of membership.
  • SB1456: Virginia Community Policing Act; created, report.
  • SJ283: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage.
  • SJ292: Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe of Virginia; General Assembly of Virginia to extend state recognition.
  • SJ293: Constitutional amendment; qualifications to vote, restoration of civil rights.
  • SJ299: Virginia Housing Commission; affordable housing for people reentering society.
  • SJ304: Commending Faye O. Prichard.
  • SJ306: Commending Virginia Organizing.
  • SJ358: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month; designating as March 2016, and each succeeding year thereafter.
  • SB245: Fiduciary; qualification of administrator in action for wrongful death.
  • SB247: Voter registration lists; interstate cross-checking programs.
  • SB248: Discrimination; prohibited in state employment.
  • SB249: Tuition, in-state; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
  • SB250: Employment applications; inquiries regarding criminal arrests, charges, or convictions.
  • SB251: Grand larceny and certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money from $200 to $1,000.
  • SB252: Insurance; state health care plan to provide that coverage of 1 additional adult may be purchased.
  • SB341: Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority; chairman of the Board of Directors.
  • SB367: Driver's licenses and special identification cards; designation of intellectual disability, etc.
  • SB498: Electric utility regulation; renewable energy portfolio standard program.
  • SB500: General Assembly; compensation of members.
  • SB520: Firearm transfers; penalties.
  • SB576: Mental health; prohibition of firearms.
  • SB642: Alcoholic beverage control; temporary licenses for applicant for mixed beverage restaurant license.
  • SB643: Electric utility regulation; recovery of costs of offshore wind facilities, etc.
  • SB644: Educational neglect of students with disabilities; fraud within educational programs, penalties.
  • SB645: Virginia Public Procurement Act; transportation construction services.
  • SB646: Health insurance; essential health benefits, abortion coverage.
  • SB648: General Assembly Conflicts of Interests Act; prohibited gifts, disclosure of permissible gifts.
  • SB5002: Judgeships; authorization to fill certain judgeships and appropriation of funds to pay.
  • SJ112: Celebrating the life of Johnny William Cain.
  • SJ144: Celebrating the life of John Randall Cook.
  • SJ150: Commending United Network for Organ Sharing.
  • SJ209: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Benjamin Joseph Lambert, III.
  • SJ5033: Commending the John Marshall High School boys' basketball team.
  • SJ5053: Commending Awanta Miles.
  • SJ5076: Commending Virginia Union University.
  • SJ5077: Commending Swansboro Baptist Church.
  • SR13: Celebrating the life of Nathan Jacob Schnurman, Sr.
  • SR26: Rules of the Senate; established.
  • SB377: Construction projects using public funds; iron, steel, manufactured goods must be produced in USA.
  • SB650: Hospitals and physicians; processing health insurance claims.
  • SB651: Women-owned and minority-owned businesses; enhancement measures.
  • SB701: State government employment; nondiscrimination.
  • SB707: Health care providers; submitting health insurance claims.
  • SB781: Women-owned and minority-owned businesses; enhancement measures.
  • SB782: Standards of Accreditation; adds high school graduation rates, etc.
  • SB783: Birth control; definition.
  • SB784: Henrico County General District Court; increases number of judges.
  • SB789: Employees; equal compensation irrespective of sex.
  • SB816: Payment of wages to employees; requires employers to maintain and preserve certain records.
  • SB865: Tolls; General Assembly to approve prior to imposition and collection for use of Interstate System.
  • SB1090: Tuition, in-state; undocumented persons to meet certain criteria, approval for.
  • SB1132: Claims; Bennett Barbour's estate.
  • SB1136: Firearm transfers; penalties.
  • SB1139: Discovery rule; statute of limitations.
  • SB1142: Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Board of; licensure of funeral establishments, hardship waivers.
  • SB1143: General Assembly; prohibits compensation to legislators for attending certain conferences.
  • SB1144: Personal property; fraudulent conversion or removal of leased property.
  • SB1145: Absentee ballots; confirmation of receipt.
  • SB1146: Controlled substances, drugs or paraphernalia; disposal of those seized.
  • SB1148: Firearms magazines; prohibits person from selling, etc. those designed to hold more than 10 rounds.
  • SB1149: Prostitution; disposition of minors.
  • SB1268: Lake level contingency plans; wastewater releases from power generating facilities.
  • SB1269: Renewable energy portfolio standard program; sale of electricity from renewable sources.
  • SB1311: Food and beverage tax; adds to list any county that maintains its own roads, etc.
  • SB1327: Alcoholic beverage control; prohibited practice by retail wine and beer licensees, penalty.
  • SB1331: Drones; moratorium on use of unmanned aircraft systems by state or local government department, etc.
  • SB1349: Alcoholic beverage control; mandatory revocation of mixed beverage licenses, prohibited acts.
  • SJ320: Commending Samuel Welford Hopkins, Sr., Congressional Gold Medalist.
  • SJ321: Constitutional amendment; restoration of voting rights.
  • SJ402: Commending Ralph R. White, Jr.
  • SR25: Commending Tonya Mallory.
  • SR35: Commending the Charles City County Social Services Brown Bag Program.
  • SB15: Grass and weeds; adds Town of Ashland to list of localities authorized to require cutting.
  • SB377: Construction projects using public funds; iron, steel, manufactured goods must be produced in USA.
  • SB378: DUI ignition interlock; required on first offense as a condition of a restricted license.
  • SB379: Firearms transfers; penalties.
  • SB380: Birth control; definition.
  • SB381: Electric utilities; integrated resource plans.
  • SB382: Renewable energy portfolio standard program; reporting requirements to State Corporation Commission.
  • SB383: Virginia Health Benefit Exchange Authority; created.
  • SB384: Dental and dental hygiene school faculty; licensure.
  • SB385: Candidate campaign committees; prohibited interest payments on certain loans, penalty.
  • SB386: Fraudulent conversion of leased property; removes provision.
  • SB645: Alcoholic beverage control; prohibited practice by retail wine and beer licensees, penalty.
  • SB646: Life insurance benefits; providing additional benefits incidental to a loss in event of death, etc.
  • SB647: Child-placing agencies; prohibits DSS from contracting or funding those agencies that discriminate.
  • SB648: Firearms; carrying while under influence of alcohol or drugs in a public place, penalty.
  • SB649: Haynesworth, Thomas Edward; awarded 27 years of creditable service in Virginia Retirement System.
  • SB650: Hospitals and physicians; processing health insurance claims.
  • SB651: Women-owned and minority-owned businesses; enhancement measures.
  • SB654: Claims-made liability insurance policies; notice of potential claim.
  • SB655: Compensation for wrongful incarceration; eliminates 20-year maximum for calculating.
  • SB656: Public schools; possession and administration of auto-injectable epinephrine.
  • SJ7: Commending Union Presbyterian Seminary on the occasion of its 200th anniversary.
  • SJ168: Celebrating the life of Waverly Manson Cole, M.D.
  • SJ180: Commending Richmond International Raceway on the occasion of its 60th anniversary of operation.
  • SJ190: Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Reverend John Jasper.
  • SJ241: Commending Moses Eugene Malone
  • SR20: Celebrating the life of Amarria Denise Johnson.
  • SR509: Commending Mount Zion Baptist Church.
  • SB67: Adverse possession; abolition.
  • SB639: Health records; penalty for delay.
  • SB747: Nondiscrimination in state employment; prohibited based on race, color, religion, etc.
  • SB774: Jurisdictional limits of courts; increases maximum civil limit of general district courts
  • SB794: Electric utilities; integrated resource plans.
  • SB795: Foreclosure procedures; makes various changes to procedures.
  • SB798: Judicial foreclosure; court must order sale of property subject to foreclosure for deeds of trust.
  • SB799: Community revitalization fund; City of Richmond to establish fund for preventing deterioration.
  • SB814: Offshore energy resources; State to support oil and natural gas exploration, etc., exception.
  • SB815: State Grievance Procedure; scope of hearing officer's decision, reinstatement.
  • SB816: Civil cases; increases filing fees to finance judicial salaries.
  • SB817: Lawyers; client accounts.
  • SB818: Certificate of public need; exempts construction of an outpatient radiation therapy facility, etc.
  • SB907: Electric utilities; inclining block rate schedules.
  • SB908: Court fees; increases from $10 to $14 additional fees that are collected.
  • SB1118: DUI ignition interlock; person convicted is required to have on first offense, restricted license.
  • SB1119: Permit compliance; Department of Environmental Quality increases limit of civil penalty issued.
  • SB1120: Judgment lien; court shall not decree real estate to be sold to enforce.
  • SB1122: State employees; health insurance benefits.
  • SB1311: Dental school faculty; licensure.
  • SB1312: Derelict buildings; authority of locality to appoint receivers to repair.
  • SB1313: Income tax, corporate; tax credit to employers that provide employee transportation assistance.
  • SB1314: Fraud Against Taxpayers Act; repeals certain authority of Attorney General.
  • SB1315: Governor's Development Opportunity Fund; contract between political subdivision and beneficiary.
  • SB1316: Sentence credits; allows a maximum of seven and one-half for each 30 days served.
  • SB1317: Prescription requirements; treatment of sexually transmitted disease.
  • SB1377: Claims-made liability insurance policies; prohibits an insurer from denying coverage.
  • SB1395: Handgun; Class 1 misdemeanor for carrying while under influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • SB1401: Unemployment benefits; eligibility criteria.
  • SB1402: Law-enforcement officer; definition.
  • SJ295: Commending Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in Virginia.
  • SJ306: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights to persons convicted of certain felonies.
  • SJ322: Eating Disorder Awareness Week; designating as last full week in February 2011.
  • SJ365: Commending St. Christophers School on the occasion of its centennial anniversary.
  • SJ411: Commending the Richmond Boys Choir.
  • SR22: VRS; Senate Committee on Finance to study investment portfolio managed thereby.
  • SB66: State employment; discrimination prohibited.
  • SB67: Adverse possession; abolition.
  • SB68: Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians Procedural Guarantee Act; conduct of interrogations.
  • SB69: Surrogacy; permits contract to be entered into by an unmarried person, a surrogate, etc.
  • SB70: Criminal conviction record; person convicted of certain offenses to petition for expungement.
  • SB71: Energy efficiency resource standard; established.
  • SB456: Security for Public Deposits Act; makes several amendments to Act, administered by Treasury Board.
  • SB457: Real Estate Board; requirements for licensure, allows broker to enter into a voluntary program.
  • SB458: Income tax credits; landlords participating in housing choice voucher programs.
  • SB459: Workforce development; data sharing by certain agencies.
  • SB460: Uninsured motorist insurance; coverage for nonresident motor vehicle insured in another state.
  • SB461: Partnerships; redesignates specified office as its principal office.
  • SB577: Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority; created.
  • SB638: Disclosure of insurance liability limits; attorney of representative of deceased to obtain.
  • SB639: Health records; penalty for delay.
  • SB729: Electric utilities; alternative energy research and demonstration projects.
  • SJ138: Commending the Reverend Dr. Kirkland R. Walton.
  • SJ139: Commending Elam Baptist Church on the occasion of its 200th anniversary.
  • SJ146: Commending the Childrens Home Society of Virginia on the occasion of its 110th anniversary.
  • SR10: Investment portfolio managed by Retirement System; Senate Committee on Finance to study.
  • SB157: Mortgage lenders and brokers; duties to borrowers.
  • SB440: Inmates; emergency psychiatric treatment.
  • SB674: Health insurance credits; all retired employees of local school divisions to receive.
  • SB884: Banking institutions; reclassification or conversion of shares of stock.
  • SB885: Drug-related personal injury actions; extends two-year statute of limitations.
  • SB886: Elevator mechanics; Board of Contractors to delegate certification in event of emergency.
  • SB887: Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians Procedural Guarantee Act; conduct of interrogations.
  • SB1019: Neighborhood Assistance Act tax credits; landlords participating in housing choice voucher programs.
  • SB1020: Mortgage Lender and Broker Act; broker duties and liability.
  • SB1021: Retail Sales and Use Tax; revenues generated on premises of new stadium to be used to pay bonds.
  • SB1289: Criminal conviction record; person convicted of certain criminal offenses to petition.
  • SB1326: DMV fees; allows to collect for processing applications for titles.
  • SB1327: Health insurance credits; all retired employees of local school divisions to receive.
  • SB1328: Limited liability partnerships; cancellation of status.
  • SB1329: Crim. conviction; responsibility of Attorney Gen. relating to collection of collateral consequences.
  • SB1441: Income tax, state; homebuyer tax credit.
  • SB1446: Income tax, state; homebuyer tax credit.
  • SB1447: Energy Efficiency Commission; established, report.
  • SB1474: Retail Sales and Use Tax; dealer discounts.
  • SB1475: Intermodal Planning and Investment, Office of; updates responsibilities.
  • SB1503: Mental health court; Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to establish in City of Richmond.
  • SB1543: Assisted living facility staff; requirement of work experience for administrators, etc.
  • SB5002: Evidence, testimonial; procedure notifying defendant of introduction of certificate of analysis.
  • SJ294: Commending the Urban League of Greater Richmond on exemplary community service.
  • SJ353: Local government; distribution of state and local taxes therefor.
  • SJ354: Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights for certain felons (first reference).
  • SJ388: Resolution; Commending United Network for Organ Sharing.
  • SJ479: Celebrating the life of Willie Saunders Watkins III.
  • SB155: Family life education; instruction on use of Food & Drug Administration contraception methods.
  • SB156: Payday Loan Act; repealing Act referring thereto.
  • SB157: Mortgage lenders and brokers; duties to borrowers.
  • SB158: Wet Settlement Act; lender's disclosure of charges for appraisal and valuation.
  • SB159: Deputies; number appointed by sheriff of county w/o police force to be fixed by Compensation Brd.
  • SB160: Handbills, etc.; distribution in highway rights-of-way in certain localities.
  • SB161: Workers' compensation; alternative dispute resolution systems.
  • SB440: Inmates; emergency psychiatric treatment.
  • SB510: Higher educational institutions; policies addressing student loan vendors.
  • SB670: Payday lending charges; establishes a maximum annual interest rate.
  • SB674: Health insurance credits; all retired employees of local school divisions to receive.
  • SB694: Payday loans; prohibits lender from harrassing, oppressing, or abusing when collecting a debt.
  • SJ40: Commending Virginia Commonwealth University on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.
  • SJ41: Virginia Commonwealth University Day; designating as July 1, 2008.
  • SJ133: Radioactive waste, low level; Department of Health to study long-term options for disposal thereof.
  • SJ134: Commending Ebenezer Baptist Church on the occasion of its 150th anniversary.
  • SJ268: Celebrating the life of James Telford Edmunds.
  • SJ6004: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); Transportation Funds.
  • HB2865: Unemployment compensation; exclusion for temporary staffing services.
  • HB2866: Health insurance credits; to include all retired school division employees.
  • HB2867: Legislative agencies; those authorized to employ personnel to report annually to General Assembly.
  • HB2868: Deputies; number of full-time appointed by sheriff of county without police force to be fixed.
  • HB2869: Retirement System; investments related to Sudan.
  • HB2870: Cellular telephones; encouraged to program with ICE numbers.
  • HB2871: Trusts, state and local; created to fund postemployment benefits other than pensions.
  • HB2872: Correctional facilities, local; changes time and manner of payment thereto by Compensation Board.
  • HB2873: Minimum wage; increase per hour.
  • HB2874: Retail Sales and Use Tax; distribution of local use tax revenues.
  • HB2875: Drunk driving; subsequent offense
  • HB2876: Indians, Council on; change in membership, report.
  • HB2877: Human papillomavirus vaccinations; requires health insurers to provide coverage thereof.
  • HB2879: Claims; Charles City County.
  • HB2880: Health Research Fund; investment of moneys therein would be governed by certain provisions.
  • HB3058: Circuit courts; chief judge to assign equal caseload to each judge in jurisdictional subject matter.
  • HB3059: Circuit courts; duty to docket cases in the circuit courts.
  • HJ728: Discrimination & injustice; General Assembly to acknowledge & express regret for State's role in.
  • HJ736: Commending St. Peter Baptist Church on the occasion of its 125th anniversary
  • HJ744: American values; General Assembly to appreciate and celebrate.
  • HJ751: Commending Charles Edward Wood.
  • HJ1006: Celebrating the life of Robert Bates Ball, Sr.
  • HB177: Courthouse security; increase in assessments therefor.
  • HB178: Deputy sheriffs; number of full-time in county or city to be fixed by Compensation Board.
  • HB179: Deputy sheriffs; number of full-time in county or city to be fixed by Compensation Board.
  • HB180: Felonies; increase in penalty for all accessories after fact.
  • HB181: Motor vehicle code violations; authority for arrest without warrant.
  • HB182: Reckless driving; person guilty thereof if exceeding 20 miles per hour over maximum speed limit.
  • HB396: Enterprise zones; provides combined state and local sales and use tax rate therein.
  • HB753: Income tax, state; credit for low-income taxpayers.
  • HB754: Landfills; allows certain to continue to accept trash.
  • HB755: DNA analyses; certification of laboratories that perform.
  • HB756: Recount procedures; requires hard copy optical scan ballots to be rerun.
  • HB1476: State mandates; funding to localities.
  • HJ160: ZIP codes; urging Postmaster Gen. to designate certain addresses in Henrico Cty as Henrico, VA.
  • HR4: Commending Dwayne M. Murray.
  • HR5: Commending Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in Virginia.