NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, a Democrat known for his work on human rights and long-time credit union support, died today at age 77.
Payne had held his congressional seat since 1988 and was elected to a 12th term in 2010. He represented the 10th District, which includes the city of Newark and parts of Essex, Hudson, and Union counties.
Payne was a Credit Union Regulatory Improvements Act (CURIA) co-sponsor in the 100th congress and a consistent member business lending (MBL) reform co-sponsor.
To honor his consistent support of credit unions, the New Jersey Credit Union League named Payne its 2008 “Legislator of the Year”.
“Representative Payne has been a true credit union ally here in New Jersey,” said NJCUL President/CEO Paul Gentile. “We are saddened to lose this great New Jersey lawmaker.”
Payne, the first black congressional member from New Jersey, died at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, N.J.