Congressman Donald Payne Jr. dies

Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., who represented New Jersey’s 10 Congressional District, died on April 24 after suffering a heart attack. He died in office like his father before him.

Congressman Payne was a six-term member of Congress beginning in 2012. 

His father, Donald Payne Sr., also a Congressman, was the first Black representative from New Jersey. He died in office on May 6, 2012.

Congressman Payne Jr. was admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack. He also suffered from hypertension, diabetes, and kidney disease.

He served as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 

Rep. Payne, Jr. improved passenger and freight rail nationwide in that role. 

In addition, he served on the House Committee on Homeland Security, where he protected Americans by improving communications between emergency agencies and providing greater resources to aid victims during and after national emergencies. 

He is survived by Beatrice, his wife, and their three children, Donald III, Jack, and Yvonne.