Donald Payne, Jr.

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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. 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]

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]



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.[5][6]

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.[7]

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


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.[8]


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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011 does not have financial information for Payne in the year 2011.[12]



Payne was endorsed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.[13]

He has also been endorsed by the Teamsters union and the New Jersey retail workers union.[14]

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald M. Payne (D)
United States House of Representatives - New Jersey District 10
Succeeded by