Democratic Congressman Donald Payne Jr. Passes Away at 65

U.S. Representative Donald Payne Jr., a prominent Democratic figure from New Jersey, has died at the age of 65 due to heart problems, as confirmed by Fox News on Wednesday.

Payne, who served as a congressman for six terms, had been battling health issues for several years. His father, the late Rep. Donald Payne Sr., also passed away while in office in 2012.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy expressed deep sadness at Payne’s passing, praising his dedication to serving the people of New Jersey. Murphy highlighted Payne’s understanding of the challenges faced by working families, stemming from his background as a former union worker and toll collector.

Throughout his career, Payne remained committed to advocating for his constituents, first as Newark City Council President and later during his tenure on the Essex County Board of Commissioners. He continued this dedication during his more than a decade of service in Congress.

Governor Murphy reflected on the honor of working alongside Payne to improve New Jersey, emphasizing the congressman’s lasting legacy of service and advocacy.

Payne’s love for his community will be remembered through his contributions, including efforts to provide safe drinking water and create employment opportunities. He leaves behind his wife, Beatrice, and their three children, who were the pride of his life.

Payne, a member of the House Homeland Security and Transportation & Infrastructure committees, also played a significant role in various caucuses, including the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus.

House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed condolences, highlighting Payne’s service to New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District and his dedication to public service.

Payne’s passing comes at a critical time in Congress, with the GOP holding a slim majority in the House. As the nation mourns his loss, Payne’s legacy of service and commitment to his constituents will be remembered.

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