Donald M. Payne

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Donald M. Payne
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U.S. House, New Jersey, District 10
Former Representative
In office
January 3, 1989-March 6, 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 8, 1988
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Newark Municipal Council
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Bachelor'sSeton Hall University
Master'sSpringfield College (no degree earned)
Date of birthJuly 16, 1934
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey
ProfessionTeacher, Business Executive
Office website
Campaign website
Donald Milford "Don" Payne (July 16, 1934-March 6, 2012) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey. Payne died on March 6, 2012 from complications of colon cancer. He had served voters of District 10 for 23 years.[1]


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Payne was born in Newark, New Jersey. He earned a B.A. from Seton Hall University in 1957, and pursued graduate studies at Springfield College in Massachusetts.[2][3]


Payne’s career included service on the Newark Municipal Council; Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Essex County Democratic Chairman; executive of the Prudential Insurance Company; Vice-President of Urban Data Systems, Inc. and an educator in the Newark and Passaic Public School Districts. A former National President of the YMCA, he also served as Chairman of the World Refugee and Rehabilitation Committee. [4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Payne served on the following committees:[5]


Political positions



See also: New Jersey's 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Payne initially planned to run for re-election in 2012.[6] However, he died on March 6, 2012.[7]


On November 2, 2010, Payne was re-elected to the United States House for a twelfth term. He defeated Michael J. Alonso (R), Robert Louis Toussaint (Action No Talk), and Joanne Miller (Agent of Change).[8]

United States House, New Jersey General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald M. Payne Incumbent 85.2% 95,299
     Republican Michael J. Alonso 12.8% 14,357
     Action No Talk Robert Louis Toussaint 1% 1,141
     Party of Change Joanne Miller 1% 1,080
Total Votes 111,877

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Payne's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Payne was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a twelfth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $617,759 and spent $530,170.[9]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Payne paid his congressional staff a total of $988,501 in 2011. Overall, New Jersey ranks 42nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[10]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Payne was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Payne's staff was given an apparent $11,341.33 in bonus money.[11]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Payne's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $181,014 to $1,074,998. Averaging to a net worth of $628,006 which was lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[12]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Information on Payne's votes in 2012 is unavailable.[13]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Payne was tied with 19 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 1st in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[14]

Voting with party

November 2011

Donald M. Payne voted with the Democratic Party 92.8% of the time, which ranked 93rd among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[15]

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Payne, a widower, is the father of 3, grandfather of 4 and the great grandfather of 1.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Rodino
U.S. House of Representatives - New Jersey District 10
Succeeded by
Donald Payne Jr. (D)
Preceded by
Newark Municipal Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Succeeded by