New Jersey Democrat Donald Payne Jr. Dies at Age 65

( – In 2012, Representative Donald Payne Sr. (D) passed away while serving his constituents in New Jersey. During a special election, the people voted to elect his son, Donald Payne Jr. in his stead. The younger legislator went on to win several more terms in the House, donning his signature bowtie and fighting for the rights of those who live in District 10.

On April 6, the hardworking lawmaker suffered a heart attack and spent the last few weeks of his life in the hospital on a ventilator. Sadly, he died at the age of 65 on April 24. Reports say his heart episode was the result of ongoing issues with “diabetes and high blood pressure.” He leaves behind his wife and their three children.

Several leaders and lawmakers sang Payne’s praises after his passing, especially New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D), who said the lawmaker understood what his constituents went through in their day-to-day lives. The state leader said Payne fought every day to ensure he “serve[d] their needs” with vigor and enthusiasm.

Murphy said the legislator had a “love” for the people in his district, which was reflected in his work, adding his work and name will never be forgotten. The governor said the loss was a “tragedy,” referring to Payne as a personal “friend.”

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) sent prayers to Payne’s family, saying they were sad to hear of the lawmaker’s passing. Jeffries said his colleague was a “highly effective public servant and compassionate leader.”

Payne’s final speech in Congress took place in March when he praised President Joe Biden for his efforts to improve housing for Americans across the US. He was running for reelection in November to retain his seat — he was set to win the Democratic primary unopposed.

Paynes served on the House Homeland Security and Transportation & Infrastructure committees and was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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