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Rep. Donald McEachin

Representative for Virginia’s 4th District

pronounced DAH-nuld // muh-KEE-chun

McEachin is the representative for Virginia’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2017. McEachin is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Donald McEachin [D-VA4]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for McEachin.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

McEachin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills McEachin has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Nov 26, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Human Rights Campaign: 100% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% League of Conservation Voters: 90% United States Chamber of Commerce: 58% The Club for Growth: 10%

Committee Membership

Donald McEachin sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

McEachin was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

McEachin sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Environmental Protection (28%) Energy (16%) Health (14%) Taxation (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of McEachin’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

McEachin voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

McEachin voted Yea

McEachin voted Nay

McEachin voted Nay

McEachin voted Yea

Passed 361/61 on Sep 26, 2018.

H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion …

McEachin voted Nay

Passed 368/55 on Jun 13, 2017.

A string of scandals hit the Department of Veterans Affairs in the past few years, including dozens of veterans dying while waiting for care within …

McEachin voted No

Passed 368/51 on May 25, 2017.

More than half of teens have sent sexually explicit images or “sexted” before age 18–54 percent to be exact, according to researchers at Drexel University. …

McEachin voted Nay

McEachin voted Nay

Passed 372/30 on May 22, 2017.

H.R. 1862 increases the coverage of current laws relating to unlawful sexual conduct with minors during foreign travel. Under current law, certain types of sexual …

McEachin voted Nay

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe …

McEachin voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of …

Missed Votes

From Jan 2017 to Nov 2021, McEachin missed 223 of 2,550 roll call votes, which is 8.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: