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Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-N.J.)


District: 10th District
Political Highlights: Essex County Board of Freeholders, 1972-78; sought Democratic nomination for Essex County executive, 1978; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1980; Newark Municipal Council, 1982-88; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1986; U.S. House of Representatives, 1989-2012
Born: July 16, 1934; Newark, N.J.
Death: March 6, 2012
Residence: Newark
Religion: Baptist
Family: Widowed; three children
Education: Seton Hall U., B.A. 1957
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1988 (12th term)
End of Service: March 6, 2012
Committee Assignments: Education & the Workforce (Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education; Workforce Protections); Foreign Affairs (Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Organizations - Ranking Member; Western Hemisphere)

Election History
2010generalDonald Payne (D) 95,29985.2
Michael Alonso (R) 14,35712.8
Robert Toussaint (ANO) 1,1411.0
Joanne Miller (AOC) 1,0801.0
2008generalDonald Payne (D) 169,94598.9
Michael Taber (SW) 1,8481.1
2006generalDonald Payne (D) 90,264100.0
2004generalDonald Payne (D) 155,69796.9
Toy-Ling Washington (GREEN) 2,9271.8
Sara Lobman (S) 2,0891.3
2002generalDonald Payne (D) 86,43384.5
Andrew Wirtz (R) 15,91315.6
2000generalDonald Payne (D) 133,07387.5
Dirk Weber (R) 18,43612.1
Maurice Williams (I) 5360.4
1998generalDonald Payne (D) 82,24483.5
William Wnuck (R) 10,67810.8
Richard Pezzullo (NJC) 3,2933.3
Maurice Williams (SW) 2,2792.3
1996generalDonald Payne (D) 127,12684.2
Vanessa Williams (R) 22,08614.6
Harley Tyler (NL) 1,1920.8
Toni Jackson (SW) 6560.4
1994generalDonald Payne (D) 74,62275.9
Jim Ford (R) 21,52421.9
Rose Monyek (IFH) 1,5981.6
Maurice Williams (SW) 6240.6
1992generalDonald Payne (D) 117,28778.4
Alfred Palermo (R) 30,16020.2
Roberto Caraballo (LIBERT) 1,2720.9
William Leonard (SW) 9130.6
1990generalDonald Payne (D) 42,61681.0
1988generalDonald Payne (D) 84,68177.0
Roll Call Vitals


New Jersey is 8th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.