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Wexton Statement on the Passing of Rep. Donald McEachin

Sterling, VA – Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) issued the following statement on the death of her friend, mentor, and colleague Congresswoman A. Donald McEachin:

“My heart is heavy tonight after learning about the passing of my dear friend, mentor, and an exceptional public servant, Donald McEachin. I send my deepest sympathies to Colette and his entire family, his many friends and colleagues, and the people of Virginia’s 4th District as they grieve this tremendous loss.

“Donald was a mentor to me ever since I was first elected to the Virginia state Senate. His trusted counsel and ever calming presence helped me learn the ropes of public service in Richmond. He was kind, loyal, and a wonderful friend – and one hell of a legislator and leader.

“Had it not been for Donald, I would not be in Congress today. As I considered making the decision to run back in 2017 and visited him on Capitol Hill, he left me with a parting note on which were written the words of Thomas Paine: ‘These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.’ Donald insisted that he and I were not ‘sunshine patriots.’ For his words of inspiration and belief in me, I am forever grateful.

“I will dearly miss the wisdom and encouragement of my friend. May he rest in peace and his memory be a comfort and blessing to all those who were lucky to know him.”