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LCV and Virginia LCV Statements on the Passing of Donald McEachin

Nov 29, 2022

Contact: Emily Samsel,, 828-713-9647 | Lee Francis,, 804-225-1902

Washington, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Virginia LCV issued the following statements on the passing of Representative Donald McEachin.

LCV President Gene Karpinski said:

“We are forever grateful for Representative McEachin’s decades of service to his state and country. From his years in the Virginia House of Delegates and state senate to his three terms in Congress, Representative McEachin always prioritized his ‘true passion’ – addressing the climate crisis and protecting our environment. Our nation just lost an unmatched advocate for justice, equity and climate action. Representative McEachin’s list of accomplishments for people and the planet was long. From co-founding Virginia’s bipartisan Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus, to holding leadership positions on numerous House environmental caucuses and committees, to his work with frontline communities on the Environmental Justice for All Act and transformative climate legislation, which ultimately took the shape of the historic Inflation Reduction Act, Representative McEachin was the definition of a climate and environmental justice champion. Above all else, Representative McEachin was a true public servant and a friend to LCV and Virginia LCV. We will miss him dearly.”

Virginia LCV Executive Director Michael Town said:

“Don McEachin was a true environmental champion but, most importantly, he was a friend. He will leave behind a legacy of fighting fiercely for justice and the communities he represented. Don was a true leader, a selfless public servant and will be sorely missed. We are incredibly saddened by this loss and our thoughts are with his wife, Colette, and the McEachin family at this incredibly difficult time.”

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