Donald Payne, Jr.

Donald Milford Payne Jr. ( born December 17, 1958 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American politician. Since November 6, 2012, he represents the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Donald Payne is the son of the Congressman Donald M. Payne ( 1934-2012 ). He attended Kean University where he studied graphic arts. After that, he was an advisor to the Youth in Government Program at the YMCA. Between 1990 and 1996 he worked for the Highway Administration of the State of New Jersey. He also appeared in the Education Commission (Educational Services Commission ) with the Essex County. He also belonged to the local county council and sat 2006-2012 in the City Council of Newark, he served as its president since 2010. Politically, he is a member of the Democratic Party.

In the by-election after the death of his father and at the same time regular congressional elections of 2012, Payne was in the tenth constituency of the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 6 November 2012. While he did not concede a candidate in the by-election, he sat down at the regular election with 87:11 percent of the vote against Republican Brian Kelemen through. Because of the strength of the Democrats in this district, the intra-party primary the actual election result takes usually anticipated.

Donald Payne is married and the father of triplets. The family lives privately in Newark.