Payne is the representative for New Jersey’s 10th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Nov 15, 2012. Payne is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 64 years old.
Read our 2022 Report Card for Payne.
Payne is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Payne has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 30, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Donald Payne Jr. sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials subcommittee Ranking Member
- House Committee on Homeland Security
Payne was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.J.Res. 100 (117th): To provide for a resolution with respect to the unresolved disputes between certain railroads represented by the National Carriers’ Conference Committee of the National Railway Labor Conference …
- H.R. 4426 (117th): Homeland Security for Children Act
- H.R. 1570 (116th): Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2020
- H.R. 615 (114th): DHS Interoperable Communications Act
- H.R. 1376 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 369 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the “Judge Shirley …
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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).
Payne sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (54%) Emergency Management (17%) Transportation and Public Works (10%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Payne recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.Res. 264: Expressing support for the goals of Workplace Eye Wellness Month by promoting the …
- H.R. 1765: To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to repeal the limitation …
- H.Res. 213: Supporting the designation of March 2023 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
- H.R. 1361: Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2023
- H.J.Res. 100 (117th): To provide for a resolution with respect to the unresolved disputes between …
- H.Res. 1422 (117th): Supporting the designation of October 1, 2022, as National Ostomy Awareness Day.
- H.Res. 1391 (117th): Expressing support of the designation of September 2022 as Peripheral Artery Disease …
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Nov 2012 to Mar 2023, Payne missed 471 of 5,927 roll call votes, which is 7.9%. This is much worse than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||5||0||0.0%||0th|
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
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills