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Rep. Donald Payne

Former Representative for New Jersey’s 10th District

Payne was the representative for New Jersey’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1989 to 2012.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2009 Payne was investigated for receiving impermissible travel gifts. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Representative Payne did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts.

Jun. 8, 2009 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations
Feb. 26, 2010 House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct concluded Representative Payne did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts
Photo of Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10, 1989-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Payne is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Payne sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Payne was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Payne sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (28%) Education (21%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Health (9%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (9%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Social Welfare (7%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%)

Recent Bills

Some of Payne’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Payne’s Vote Vote Description
No S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on August 2, 2011. The Act brought conclusion to the United ...
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
No H.R. 5136 (111th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
May 28, 2010. Passed 229/186.
No H.Res. 1137 (111th): Providing for consideration of the Senate amendment to the bill (H.R. 2847) making appropriations for the Departments ...
Mar 4, 2010. Passed 212/209.
Yea H.R. 2638 (110th): Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009
Sep 24, 2008. Passed 370/58.
Yea H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
No H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.
Nay H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1989 to Mar 2012, Payne missed 1,153 of 14,706 roll call votes, which is 7.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 2012. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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