Today, Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, issued this statement on the pending retirement of Senator John Watkins (R-Powhatan). Senator McEachin said, “I have been fortunate to serve alongside Senator Watkins in the last seven years since I was elected to the Virginia Senate. He is the true epitome of a statesman and a Virginia gentleman, always doing what he truly believes is right for the Commonwealth. Although we do not always agree, Senator Watkins is always cordial, open to new ideas and willing to work with anyone to benefit Virginia.
Richmond – Today, Senator A. Donald McEachin was given the Energy Freedom Award for his legislative work in attempting to reform the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). Working with a bipartisan coalition and even succeeding in getting the support of Virginia Dominion Power, the senator attempted to reform the standards so that most future purchases would be limited to clean, renewable, alternative energy sources like solar and wind.