Donald (Donald) M. Payne, Jr. (D-USH10)
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Capitol: 202.225.3436
FAX: 202.225.4160
District: 201.369.0392
Representative
Room 106 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-3010

Residence: Newark, NJ
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Bea   DOB: 12/17/1958
Committee Assignments
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Co-ChairCongressional Men's Health Caucus
Co-ChairPeripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Colorectal Cancer Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security
FC MemberDominican Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Liberia Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
MemberHouse Committee on Homeland Security
FC MemberCongressional Public Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Horse Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
FC MemberTuberculosis Elimination Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Aviation
FC MemberCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Deadliest Cancers
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Library of Congress Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the Irish National Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
FC MemberBlue Collar Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Small Business Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare Disease Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
Counties Representing
Essex / Hudson / Union

Bio

U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. is a Democratic congressman representing New Jersey's 10th Congressional District, which covers portions of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties. A Newark, New Jersey native, he has served the people of the 10th Congressional District since 2012. Rep. Payne, Jr. is a tireless fighter for New Jersey families, working to create jobs and grow the economy, protect and invest in our children, and ensure the health and safety of our communities.

In 2021, Rep. Payne, Jr. was voted to be Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials in the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. The Committee has jurisdiction over national infrastructure and all modes of transportation, including aviation and mass transit. In 2017, Rep. Payne, Jr. fought for a $900 million appropriation to fund the Gateway Project, a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar project to rebuild transportation infrastructure between New Jersey and New York. He has continued to fight for Gateway and transportation infrastructure projects that benefit the American People. He led the Build America series of convenings to bring together government, industry leaders, small businesses, and women- and minority-owned businesses to increase diversity in federal government contracting projects.

As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, Rep. Payne, Jr. has built a record of achievement in a divided Congress. He introduced two bills that were signed into Public Law by President Barack Obama, including the Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act of 2015, which ensures that DHS personnel can reliably communicate during emergencies. Rep. Payne, Jr. also introduced a bill to secure public areas of transportation facilities, such as airports. His bill was incorporated into the FAA Reauthorization Act and signed into law in October of 2018.

Rep. Payne, Jr. is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act, which provides thousands of New Jerseyans with access to high-quality, affordable health care. He has been a strong advocate for investing in and protecting the health of our children and introduced the TEST for Lead Act to protect children from lead-contaminated drinking water in schools. Rep. Payne, Jr. also is a vocal advocate for cancer prevention, introducing the National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Resolution to raise awareness about the need for regular cancer screenings. In the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Rep. Payne, Jr. repeatedly took to the House floor to advocate for better federal emergency response. He is a leader on gun violence prevention and introduced the Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2019, which aims to incentivize people to trade in their firearms for prepaid cards.

Rep. Payne, Jr. began his long career in public service when he founded Newark South Ward Junior Democrats, becoming its first president. He also served as an adviser to the YMCA Youth in Government program. He attended Kean College (now Kean University), where he studied graphic arts. He lives in Newark with his wife Beatrice and their triplets, Donald III, Jack, and Yvonne.