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Donald McEachin
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Virginia Senate District 9
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAmerican University
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law
Date of birth10/10/1961
Place of birthNuremberg, Germany
Office website
Campaign website
A. Donald McEachin (b. October 10, 1961) is a Democratic member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 9. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

McEachin served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 2001 and 2006 to 2008.


McEachin received a B.S. at American University, a J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law, a M. Div at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University,

McEachin works as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, McEachin served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections

2014 legislative session

In the 2014 legislative session, McEachin served on the following committees:


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, McEachin served on the following committees:


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, McEachin served on the following committees:


Law enforcement drones

McEachin was the sponsor in the Virginia State Senate of SB 1331, which would severely limit state and local law enforcement agencies' use of unmanned drone aircraft. McEachlin's bill would ban all use of drones by state and local agencies except for Amber Alerts and search and rescue operations until May 1, 2015. SB 1331 became the first ban of its kind to be passed nationwide when the Senate approved it 36-2 on February 5, following the House's passage of the companion House bill sponsored by Representative Ben Cline. The drone moratorium now awaits Governor Bob McDonnell's signature.[1][2]

Campaign themes


McEachin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Civil Rights & Voting Rights
Excerpt: "When an individual makes a mistake, he or she must pay the price...But when someone has paid his or her debt to society, comes back to their family, works to get a job and be a contributing member to society, our responsibility is to aid in that."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Children need to have access to the most up to date learning tools, no matter where they live in the Commonwealth. We need to provide more opportunities for vocational education so those students who choose not to attend college have the skills necessary to enter the workforce."
  • Public Safety
Excerpt: "Our neighborhoods and streets must be safe and secure. Families must feel safe in their yards, churches and playgrounds. We must make this a priority."



See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, McEachin won re-election to District 9 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[3]


See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, McEachin won election to the 9th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate, defeating opponent Silver Persinger (I).[4]

McEachin raised $203,209 for his campaign while Persinger raised $169.[5]

Virginia State Senate, District 9 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Donald McEachin (D) 16,782 80.91%
Silver Persinger (I) 3,789 18.26%

Campaign donors


In 2011, McEachin received $213,363 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Donald McEachin's campaign in 2011
Allen Allen Allen & Allen$6,500
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$5,500
Bennett, Leonard$5,000
Jefferson Jr, Billy$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $213,363


Listed below are McEachin's top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
McEachin for Delegate $55,687
Act Blue Virginia $16,186
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association $7,000
Christopher M. Little $5,000
Dominion (Energy & Natural Resources) $5,000


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McEachin was born in Nuremburg, Germany on October 10, 1961.

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Preceded by
B. Lambert III
Virginia Senate District 9
Succeeded by