Biden, Harris remember McEachin: ‘Don was a fighter’

Published: Nov. 29, 2022 at 12:33 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2022 at 1:14 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris paid tribute on Tuesday to U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, who died Monday night.

“Don was a fighter,” Biden said in a statement. “He fought for justice, for civil rights, and for communities that are often left behind.”

Biden says he got to know McEachin - who represented Virginia’s 4th District in the U.S. House for three terms - after the 2016 election.

“I will always be grateful for his friendship, and his early and fierce support when I ran for president,” Biden said.

Harris said McEachin was a “relentless advocate for his community.”

“We were elected to Congress and joined the Congressional Black Caucus the same year, and worked together to advance critical issues on behalf of the American people,” Harris said.

Biden says McEachin’s leadership helped pass “historic legislation to combat the climate crisis and advance environmental justice.”

“The son of a school teacher and an Army veteran, public service was in Don’s DNA,” Biden said.

In Tuesday’s statement, the president said McEachin “always fought for the working people of Virginia. He never quit in his pursuit of justice. May God bless Don McEachin, Colette, and the entire McEachin family.”

“I will miss his friendship and his advocacy and passion for improving our world for generations to come,” Harris said.

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