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Donald Payne Jr.
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 10
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorDonald M. Payne (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$553,327
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Newark Municipal Council
freeholder-at-large, Essex County
Bachelor'sKean College (attended)
Date of birthDecember 17, 1958
Place of birthNewark, New Jersey
ProfessionDistrict leader
Office website
Campaign website
Donald Payne Jr. (b. December 17, 1958, in Newark, New Jersey) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 10th Congressional District of New Jersey. His father, Donald Payne Sr., represented New Jersey's 10th until his death in March 2012. Payne was elected to succeed his father in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He is set to run for re-election in 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Payne previously served as President of the Newark city council.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Payne Jr. is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Payne served as president of Newark's city council.[2] He has served on the city council for two terms and has served three terms as Essex County freeholder.[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Payne serves on the following committees:[4]



Payne Jr. ran for the seat left empty by the death of his father, Donald Payne Sr. Payne Jr. has stated, "I feel I am the best person at this time to follow in the legacy of Donald Payne and continue to serve in the manner to which you’ve been accustomed to being served for the last 23 years."[3]

Payne Jr. had a bit of a setback on the issue of legacy when he was the only Democratic candidate unable to name any of his father's accomplishments in Congress.[3]

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[5] For more information pertaining to Payne Jr.'s voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "No" Payne voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Payne voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Neutral/Abstain Payne did not vote on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Payne supported HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Payne voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[9] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[10]

King Amendment

Payne signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[11] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[12]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.


Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Payne voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Payne has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[15]

Social issues

SNAP challenge
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Payne Jr., took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[16] Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[17]


Voted "No" Payne voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[18]



See also: New Jersey's 10th congressional district elections, 2014

Payne is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: New Jersey's 10th congressional district elections, 2012

Payne ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New Jersey's 10th District. He defeated Ronald C. Rice, Nia Gill, Dennis Flynn, Wayne Smith, and Cathy Wright in the June 5 Democratic primary and faced Republican Brian Kelemen in the November general election.[19][20]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 10 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Payne Jr. Incumbent 87.6% 201,435
     Republican Brian Kelemen 10.5% 24,271
     Libertarian Mick Erickson 0.5% 1,227
     Independent Joanne Miller 1.4% 3,127
Total Votes 230,060
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 10th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Payne Jr. 59.6% 36,576
Ronald C. Rice 19.5% 11,939
Dennis Flynn 1.3% 779
Nia Gill 16.6% 10,207
Wayne Smith 2.2% 1,356
Cathy Wright 0.8% 501
Total Votes 61,358

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Payne is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Payne raised a total of $553,327 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[21]

Donald Payne, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (New Jersey, District 10) Won $553,327
Grand Total Raised $553,327


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Payne's reports.[22]

Donald Payne Jr. (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[23]4/12/2013$28,682.66$26,622.54$(42,410.23)$12,884.97
July Quarterly[24]7/13/2013$12,884.97$136,250.00$(60,173.29)$88,961.68
October Quarterly[25]10/14/2013$89,461.68$26,085.00$(48,549.93)$66,996.75
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Payne's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Payne won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Payne's campaign committee raised a total of $553,327 and spent $524,654.[26]

Cost per vote

Payne spent $2.60 per vote received in 2012.


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[27]

Payne most often votes with:

Payne least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Payne is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 19, 2013.[28]

Voting with party


Donald Payne, Jr. voted with the Democratic Party 95.3% of the time, which ranked 72nd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[29]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Payne Jr. missed 4 of 146 roll call votes from November 2012 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


OpenSecrets.org does not have financial information for Payne in the year 2011.[31]



Payne was endorsed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.[32]

He has also been endorsed by the Teamsters union and the New Jersey retail workers union.[33]

A full list of endorsements from unions and state and local officials was available on Payne's campaign website.

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  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 City of Newark "Municipal Council: Donald M. Payne Jr.," Accessed May 25, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 New Jersey Star-Ledger "In packed 10th District congressional election, Donald Payne Jr. is viewed as front-runner," May 24, 2012
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Donald Payne's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 30, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Vote Smart, "Payne on agriculture", accessed September 30, 2013
  10. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  11. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  12. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Payne's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed August 28, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Payne's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 30, 2013
  16. U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
  17. Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Payne on abortion," accessed September 30, 2013
  19. WYNC "Live! NJ Election Results," June 5, 2012
  20. New Jersey Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  21. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Donald Payne Jr.," Accessed April 23, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "Payne 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  23. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  24. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  25. FEC "October Quarterly," Accessed October 25, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Donald Payne 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed June 19, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Donald Payne Jr.," Accessed August 6, 2013
  28. Gov Track "Donald Payne," Accessed June 19, 2013
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. GovTrack, "Payne Jr.," Accessed April 10, 2013
  31. OpenSecrets.org "Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr 2011 - 2012," accessed February 18, 2013
  32. New Jersey Star-Ledger "Nancy Pelosi endorses Donald Payne Jr. to replace late father in N.J.'s 10th District," May 22, 2012
  33. New Jersey Star-Ledger "Retail workers union endorses Donald Payne Jr. in 10th District congressional race," May 15, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald M. Payne (D)
United States House of Representatives - New Jersey District 10
Succeeded by