Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ-10)
Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ-10)
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne (NJ-10) passed away at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey of complications from colon cancer. His office released the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rep. Donald M. Payne. A native of Newark, New Jersey, Rep. Payne dedicated his life to serving the men, women and children of the 10th Congressional District. In addition to his service as a public school teacher in Newark and Passaic, Rep. Payne served as the first African-American President of the National YMCA. For 24 years, Rep. Payne traveled throughout the world serving as a calm and rational voice on issues impacting the social conditions of the global community.
Rep. Payne used his senior position on the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee to advocate on behalf of children, working families and senior citizens. His top-priorities remained closing the achievement gap, providing equitable funding for public schools and making college and healthcare more affordable. As the highest ranked Democrat on the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights, Rep. Payne worked tirelessly to protect human rights and provide humanitarian aid to developing countries, particularly in Africa. He also served as a former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and most recent Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
New Jersey has lost a noble public servant, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Rep. Payne have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Rep. Payne once stated, ‘There is a lot of dignity in being able to achieve things without having to create rapture.’ In accordance with his civil approach and global humanitarian efforts, Rep. Payne would want us to carry on by defending against injustice and protecting human rights so that all mankind can pursue the excellence of the human potential.”
Biography of Congressman Payne
The following was the Congressman’s Biography from his campaign website
Donald M. Payne, a native of Newark, New Jersey, was elected to represent the 10th Congressional District of New Jersey in 1988 as New Jersey’s first African American Congressman by an overwhelming majority and has been returned by a wide margin of the vote in each subsequent election. In 2006, he won election to his tenth term to represent the 10th District in the historic 110th Congress.
A past Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, he is a member of the Democratic Whip Organization and has served as a member of the House Democratic Leadership Advisory Group. He formerly served on the powerful Democratic Steering Committee, whose membership determines each individual committee assignment for Democratic members and plays an active role in shaping the legislative agenda.
He is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, where he serves on two subcommittees – the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, which has jurisdiction over the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. As a leading advocate of education, he has been instrumental in the passage of key legislation, including the Goals 2000 initiative to improve elementary and secondary schools; the School-to-Work Opportunities Act; the National Service Act, establishment of the National Literacy Institute; and increased funding for Head Start, Pell Grants, summer jobs and student loans. In addition, he has been strong supporter of measures to assist working men and women, including an increase in the minimum wage, strong workplace safety protections, the right to collective bargaining, promotion of financial literacy, and the Family and Medical Leave Act.
He is also a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee where, in addition to his membership on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight, he serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. In 2003, President Bush appointed Payne as one of two members of Congress to serve as a Congressional delegate to the United Nations and reappointed him in 2005 to an unprecedented second term.
Before being elected to serve as New Jersey’s first African American Congressman, his career included service on the Newark Municipal Council; the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders; as an executive of the Prudential Insurance Company; Vice President of Urban Data Systems, Inc. and an educator in the Newark public school system He has served on the board of directors of the National Endowment for Democracy, TransAfrica, Discovery Channel Global Education Fund, the Congressional Award Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, the Newark Day Center, the Fighting Back Initiative and the Newark YMCA.
A graduate of Seton Hall University, he pursued graduate studies at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He holds honorary doctorates from Chicago State University, Drew University, Essex County College and William Paterson University. Congressman Payne, a widower, is the father of 3 and grandfather of 4.