Payne, a Democrat, was the representative for New Jersey’s 10th congressional district from 1989 to 2012.
In 2009 Payne was investigated for receiving impermissible gifts of travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded Representative Payne did not knowingly accept impermissble travel gifts.
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.
Payne was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3432 (110th): Commission on the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Act
- H.J.Res. 213 (103rd): Designating July 2, 1993 and July 2, 1994 as “National Literacy Day”.
- H.J.Res. 499 (102nd): Designating July 2, 1992, as “National Literacy Day”.
- H.J.Res. 259 (102nd): Designating July 2, 1991, as “National Literacy Day”.
- H.J.Res. 530 (101st): Designating July 2, 1990, as “National Literacy Day”.
- H.J.Res. 277 (101st): Designating July 2, 1989, as “National Literacy Day”.
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 about one third or more 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).
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%)
Some of Payne’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4141 (112th): International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012
- H.R. 4130 (112th): Althea Gibson Excellence Act
- H.R. 4113 (112th): To amend title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of ...
- H.Res. 555 (112th): To commemorate the life and accomplishments of Whitney Elizabeth Houston over the ...
- H.Res. 452 (112th): Recognizing the importance labor unions play in ensuring a strong middle class ...
- H.R. 2896 (112th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.R. 2792 (112th): African Higher Education Advancement and Development Act of 2011
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. ProPublica has tracked 3 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Congressional Pictorial Directory for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills